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Activity Number: 217
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2016 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: ASA
Abstract #321848 View Presentation
Title: The Role of the Census Bureau Linkage Infrastructure
Author(s): Amy O'Hara*
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau Linkage Infrastructure enables data discovery and secure analytic access for policy analysis and research. Our clearinghouse for federal and federally sponsored program data relies on our authority to access government records and collect data for statistical purposes, and leverages the Census Bureau's data stewardship culture, policies, and practices. The infrastructure enables long-term follow up on program participants or cohorts. It can support data access to produce near real-time analyses to help programs avoid costs or negative outcomes, offering a secure facility to integrate files and apply big data tools to build evidence. The Census Bureau coordinates within the Federal Statistical System to encourage data linkages that build evidence; moving away from one-off studies and project-specific arrangements for data access. The Census Bureau is streamlining the protocols by which we obtain government records, produce metadata and documentation on the files, link files, and provision data to approved researchers.

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