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This module discusses the benefits and limitations of utilizing administrative data for research, evaluation, and analytic purposes, including an overview of ethical use; privacy and security; legal considerations; study design, analysis, and reporting; and data management.


  • Provides your learners with an expert overview of administrative data use
  • Enhances your organization’s Human Subjects Research training for social-behavioral-educational learners
  • Offers various examples of innovative uses of administrative data and additional resources for further learning


Analysts and researchers in academic institutions (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors), government agencies (state, federal, and local), independent research organizations (for example, think tanks), and private companies.

Meet the Authors

Amy Hawn Nelson, PhD – University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Hawn Nelson is Research Faculty and the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), an initiative of the University of Pennsylvania that focuses on the development, use, and innovation of integrated data systems (IDS) for policy analysis and program improvement.

Dennis Culhane, PhD – University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy and Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy.