Coleridge Initiative


Nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and other groups that engage in evidence-based policymaking also may engage as Collaborators. Organizations that engage with the Coleridge Initiative will work with us in many of our initiatives including:

  • Training: Participate in Applied Data Analytics (ADA) Training.
  • Research: Contribute to the development of a shared research agenda.
  • Shared Knowledge: Contribute to data models, measures and code development.

Collaborating Organizations

We engage with various nonprofit organizations, professional associations, and other research based groups that aid us in furthering capacity for evidence-based policymaking. Working together, we have made significant progress in data analytics to advance our efforts while creating important data products. Take a look at some of our Featured Data Products.

If your organization is interested in engaging with the Coleridge Initiative as a Collaborator, please contact our staff at [email protected] 

Organizations Collaborating with the Coleridge Initiative

Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF)

The ADRF is a secure computing platform designed to support federal, state and local government agencies that wish to share and analyze confidential datasets. 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 provides a secure platform to host confidential micro-data, serving as a trusted partner for data providers and analysts. It is designed to promote collaboration, facilitate documentation, and provide information about use to data stewards. By doing this, the ADRF accelerates data-drive research and policy around human beings and their interactions, for program management, policy development and scholarly purposes. For more information, visit our ADRF page.

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The Applied Data Analytics (ADA) curriculum is developed in conjunction with federal, state, county and local government entities. The curriculum is designed to train government employees and public policy analysts how to tackle important policy problems. To learn more about how we can work together to increase the capacity of governments to make more efficient and effective decisions, read Change Through Data: A Data Analytics Training Program for Government Employees, written by three of the Coleridge Initiative directors (Frauke Kreuter, Rayid Ghani, and Julia Lane).

All work takes place in our secure platform (ADRF) where participants learn through project-focused approaches that show them how to apply modern computational and data analysis methods and tools to actual confidential data.

Classes are taught using the second edition of the textbook Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools, edited by three of the Coleridge Initiative directors (Rayid Ghani, Frauke Kreuter and Julia Lane). 

To see some of our previous programs and sample projects, visit our Training page.