The value of letting independent social scientists study the administrative data collected by companies of all sorts is hardly in doubt. Economists are particularly keen on basing hypotheses, models, and economic indicators on such information. Companies are often reluctant to share their data, however, in part due to concerns regarding data privacy, costs, inconvenience, reputational risk, or ethical issues. Recent regulatory measures, which give users control over their data, complicate matters even further. Without better data sharing mechanisms, we may soon live in a world where only a few large companies have access to that data and the insights such information provides.
This grant supports Sara Jordan at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) Education and Innovation Foundation, a strictly nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, who is developing a strategy to further accelerate corporate-academic data sharing. Grant funds provide continued support for the Foundation’s Award for Research Data Stewardship, allow Jordan to prepare compelling use cases to demonstrate how insights generated by administrative data can advance research and evidence-based policymaking, and also allow the creation of a legislative tracker producing real-time analysis to be shared with the research community. Combined, Jordan’s efforts accelerate the safe and responsible sharing of administrative data between companies and academic researchers.