University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
Grants to University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
2012 (Duration 3 years)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — This grant to the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice funds the second phase of the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative: continuing to develop the field of integrated data systems (IDS) and demonstrating how administrative data can contribute to improved decision making for both policy and practice. Building upon the Foundation-funded first phase - which tested the viability and utility of establishing a network of effective state or local IDS - Dennis Culhane and colleagues now will establish standards of practice, showcasing the value of IDS research to provide social benefits, and positioning the initiative for future sustainability.
2011 (Duration 2 years)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — Using housing data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and educational data obtained from five school jurisdictions, the University of Pennsylvania will use linked individual-level student records and assisted housing records to determine how children in households who participate in different assisted housing programs fare in terms of academic achievement, as compared to a matched group of children who do not live in assisted housing. Such linked data will enable researchers to examine mediating variables that affect educational outcomes, such as residential instability, school mobility, and school and neighborhood quality.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice $2,625,000 between 2010 and 2013.