Administrative Data Issue Brief

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This document serves as an introductory resource on administrative data-use in the social sector. We begin by clarifying what we mean by “administrative data sharing”—defining key terms and presenting two case studies of administrative data being leveraged for public benefit. We then outline the benefits, risks, and conditions for success of increased administrative data sharing in the Canadian context.

This document is part of Powered by Data’s initiative to develop an administrative data policy coalition, which aims to work with a diverse set of stakeholders across civil society to co-create a Canadian policy agenda around administrative data-sharing for social impact. We have written this is a primer for potential partners, collaborators, and stakeholders.