Coleridge Initiative

University Partners

The Coleridge Initiative staff work with university partners to help support collaborating government agencies in their states. Collaborating university partners work with us to: 

  • Develop Courses: Deliver Applied Data Analytics (ADA) courses and build capacity for using administrative data for research.
  • Collaborate: Contribute to the development of a shared research agenda.
  • Access Data: Have secure remote access to administrative data in the ADRF.
  • Connect: Securely combine administrative data sets for approved projects.

University Partners

Our university partners help us to develop and deliver Applied Data Analytics courses to train government agency employees in their states. The university partners help us to facilitate the development of meaningful research while helping us to deliver our courses to state agency employees in an effort to teach them about analyzing their agency data. Take a look at some of our Featured Data Products.

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

Universities 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.