Policy Brief on the use of administrative data for evaluation

policy brief

Sara de la Rica Lucía Gorjón Pablo Brugarolas


This Policy Brief summarizes why administrative data are of key importance for evaluation that gives a good ground for policymaking . Data sets stored by public institutions could be collected and reintegrated into bigger entities and serve as a source of validated knowledge for evaluation. Surveys, questionnaires or data records from external institutions or private companies do also provide a complementary and necessary perspective, beyond administrative databases. Responsible computerization of institutions, data digitalization and preservation of anonymity of the data are of a key importance in this process.  


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keywords: administrative data, data access

JEL codes:

year: 2021

language: English

thematic categories: policy brief

publishing series:

publication number: 09/2021


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