Catalog of Administrative Data Sets

Administrative data are information collected, used, and stored primarily for administrative (i.e., operational), rather than research, purposes. These data can be an excellent source of information for use in research and impact evaluation. Specific requirements and processes for obtaining data vary by data source. To assist researchers in screening potential data sources, J-PAL North America has cataloged a number of key US data sets. The catalog documents procedures on how to access data based on information provided by the originating agencies.

All of J-PAL North America's current resources related to administrative data can be found here. 

Used by a J-PAL affiliate for a randomized evaluation.
First year for which the data set is available.
State or province
Personally identifiable information is available such that data may be linked to external data sources.
48 result(s)
  • Health

American Medical Association Physician Masterfile

American Medical Association (AMA) Division of Health Solutions Data Management (HSDM)
Current and historical data on all physicians in the United States.
  • Health

California Health Care Data

California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD)
Clinical care and patient records data from licensed general acute care hospitals, emergency departments, and ambulatory care surgery centers in California. Includes inpatient discharge and outpatient encounter information.
  • Labor Markets

California Unemployment Insurance (UI) Earning Data

State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Information on pre-UI employment, wage records, and UI benefits for workers in California.
  • Health

Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES)

Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Includes all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) of non-traumatic etiology where the patient receives resuscitative efforts by first responders or EMS, or is defibrillated prior to EMS arrival, that occur in the CARES catchment area (covering 40 percent of the US population).
  • Education

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Data

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS) Office of Accountability
Student- and teacher-level data including courses, enrollment, and test scores in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) district
  • Crime, Violence, & Conflict

Chicago Police Department Data

Chicago Police Department (CPD)
Data collected by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) include arrests and crime incidents reported to CPD. Arrest data include a record of each arrest with arrestee identifying information and charge description. Crime incident data include date and time of crime incident, along with crime type and...
  • Education

Chicago Public Schools Data

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Performance
Student- and staff-level information collected by CPS, including Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) scores, gender, and race.
  • Health

Colorado Vital Statistics and Health Information Data Set

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Registries and Vital Statistics Branch (RVSB)
Individual-level vital records data from birth and death certificates in Colorado.
  • Political Economy & Governance

Colorado Voter Records

Colorado Secretary of State
Individual-level data on all registered voters in the state of Colorado. Voter record include registration status, voting activity, as well as geographic information.
  • Labor Markets

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Rental Assistance Program Data

Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
Household-level and/or member-level data on residents who participate in HUD’s housing rental assistance programs, such as public housing, housing choice vouchers, and multifamily housing (including project-based section 8).