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California Journal of Politics and Policy

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Los Angeles County’s Enterprise Linkages Project: An Example of the Use of Integrated Data Systems in Making Data-Driven Policy and Program Decisions

1School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

2Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, University of the Sciences

3Research and Evaluation Services, Chief Executive Office, Los Angeles County

4School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

5Research and Evaluation Services, Chief Executive Office, Los Angeles County

6Research and Evaluation Services, Chief Executive Office, Los Angeles County

Corresponding author: Thomas Byrne, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Citation Information: . Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 95–112, ISSN (Online) 1944-4370, DOI: 10.1515/cjpp-2012-0005, June 2012

Abstract

Governments at all levels are tasked with administering public programs that serve large numbers of people. The use of integrated data systems (IDS), which can be used to link administrative records from multiple public agencies into one database, offer a unique mechanism for providing the type of comprehensive information that is important for understanding the complex needs of vulnerable populations and for making data-based policy and program decisions that translate into more effective and efficient policies. In this paper, we draw on recent efforts to restructure Los Angeles County’s General Relief (GR) Program – a cash assistance program for indigent adults – as an example of how the effective use of IDS can play a crucial role in generating evidence that can guide important program and policy decisions.

Keywords: administrative data; Los Angeles County; social policy

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