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Demonstration of Administrative Records Improving Surveys

Grant Award

Principal Investigator - Daniel G. Schroeder
Sponsor - U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
Research Partner Subcontract - Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
Project Duration - June 2008 to December 2013
Funding Amount - $83,650

The Demonstration of Administrative Records Improving Surveys (DARIS) research project will show the value of administrative records to Census Bureau demographic surveys. Initially, the project will focus on the two test states of Illinois and Texas. Later, the project may expand to other states. The objective of the project is to demonstrate methods of integrating data from surveys and administrative records, produce data sets that more accurately represent the target population's characteristics than survey data alone, conduct experiments in disclosure-proofing hybrid data sets, and document feasibility. Results of the analysis will also be used to improve Census surveys, which many program administrators and researchers use to estimate the shares of eligible populations that actually participate in the government programs.