Better quality data enables policymakers and researchers to more effectively measure economic and workforce development program performance outcomes. Administrative records collected by state agencies represent an invaluable resource for better quality data.
Administrative data refers to information collected by federal, state, and local government agencies and government-funded service providers—usually during the delivery of a service—for the purposes of registration, transaction, and record keeping, in compliance with government reporting regulations.
Administrative data can be derived from several sources, including:
The data collected become the administrative record.
The individual data points, or "data elements," collected by government agencies as part of the administration of public services are called microdata. These data are created when companies or individuals answer specific questions on official forms, during surveys, etc.
Using administrative data can reduce inefficiencies in the evaluation process and improve the quality of evaluation findings.
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Microdata collected in corporate tax records and unemployment insurance records are often used to conduct statistical analyses related to economic and workforce development programs. These types of administrative records include data elements that can answer key questions about program participation rates, changes in companies' performance and workers' economic status, and many others.
Examples of data elements available in corporate tax and unemployment insurance records include:
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To learn more about the value of using microdata in these records to conduct policy analysis and program evaluation for economic and workforce development, visit Better Analysis.