Coleridge Initiative

Administrative Data Research Facility


The Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) is a secure cloud-based computing platform designed to promote collaboration, facilitate documentation, and provide information about data use to the agencies that own the data. It was established by the Census Bureau with funding from the Office of Management and Budget to inform the decision-making of the Commission on Evidence-based Policy.

The ADRF has provided secure access to over 100 confidential government datasets from 50 different agencies at all levels of government. The ADRF is FedRAMP Certified and is listed on thFedRAMP Marketplace, it has received Authorization to Operate from the Census Bureau and the US Department of Agriculture, and it won a 2018 Government Innovation Award.

ADRF System Components

The ADRF is a FedRAMP certified environment that currently hosts de-identified data generated from confidential data and is operated as a secure remote access data facility within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). The ADRF is a state-of-the-art system that provides data processing and management capabilities including, but is not limited to, data ingestion, data documentation, data analytic tools, and data stewardship.

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ADRF Environment

Five Safes Data Strategy

The ADRF platform implements the Five Safes Framework to ensure the safe and responsible use of data. To learn more about each of the five safes, click on the appropriate button below.


Safe Projects

Safe People

Safe Settings

Safe Data

Safe Exports