Become a TANF Data Collaborative (TDC) Pilot Agency!
An advisory from the Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) values state and local efforts to become more data-driven in the provision of human services, and seeks to support and learn from these efforts. In our recent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Data Innovation (TDI) Needs Assessment survey, we asked state and territory TANF agencies about the barriers they face in using data to inform policy and programmatic decisions.
Respondents identified three key barriers to regular data use:
- Staff time;
- Availability of technology and data tools; and
- Staff skills
The TDC team heard this loud and clear ... and we are here to help states clear those hurdles!
TDC will support a TANF agency Pilot program with up to 8 Pilot sites for a period of 30 months. To support state and local efforts and build strategic partnerships, Pilot agencies will receive funding and intensive training and technical assistance. Pilot team members will build new skills and contribute to ACF’s understanding of what it takes to do this important work.ACF is accepting nominations, including self-nominations of state, territory, and county TANF agencies through September 30, 2019.)
Benefits of participation include:
- Direct funding
- Targeted and hands-on training and technical assistance
- One-on-one support from TANF and data analytic experts
- Peer learning opportunities, including dissemination of lessons learned
This project is implemented by MDRC and its partners, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the Coleridge Initiative at New York University, and Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Senior members of our team, who will provide expert consultation to the selected Pilots, have spent their careers strengthening the work of TANF and other public agencies by developing and operating well-structured technical assistance and hands-on training; facilitating multi-agency data integration efforts at the local, state, and federal levels; and teaching applied courses in topics including data analytics, statistics, computer science, and public management. See here https://www.tanfdata.org/about?id=partners for brief descriptions of the organizations making up the TDC project team.
Visit here for more information on how to nominate TANF agencies for this opportunity.