The Coleridge Initiative’s Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) provides a FedRAMP moderate secure environment in AWS GovCloud to host confidential data. It was established by the Census Bureau to inform the decision making of the Commission on EvidenceBased Policy making, and won a government innovation award. It has Authorization to Operate from the US Census Bureau and US Department of Agriculture.
The ADRF follows the “five safes” framework to protect data, and has hosted over 100 confidential datasets from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as academic researchers. Data providers can host their data in the environment and track access and use using the ADRF Data Stewardship app . The Rich Context project is building a platform that will enable empirical analysts to search for and discover datasets, starting with USDA and NSF datasets.
Detailed documentation on how to access and use the ADRF is available here.
Safe Data Strategy
Approved, trained researchers
Approved projects consistent with agency mission
Only the minimum data required for a project is made available
Only access data in a secure environment
Review to limit disclosure before data are released
Result in Safe Use
The combination of these controls leads to safe use.