Center Director Farrell testifies in support of administrative data sharing
Center Director Dr. Anne F. Farrell testified before the CT General Assembly, Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections. Dr. Farrell provided expertise on data security, access, and the potential for increased transparency, efficiency, and accountability for public programs. If passed, Governor’s Bill No. 949 would mandate State Executive agencies to respond to requests for administrative data. Administrative data are routinely collected by government departments for purposes of client/citizen registration, eligibility, benefits administration, transactions, and record keeping, usually during service delivery. These data, when merged across programs, can provide a wealth of information about the benefits, costs, and ultimate long term impact of publicly funded programs. Administrative data can be de-identified and shared, enabling program evaluation and related analysis without concern for breaches that would result in the release of citizens’ private information. Read her testimony here.