RIIPL’s mission is to use data and science to impact policy and improve lives. The lab currently works with Rhode Island Government to help them identify, design, and deliver efficient, effective, fact-based policy which alleviates poverty and increases economic opportunity. Particular focus is also given to closing the education achievement gap, criminal justice, and creating efficient and effective government regulation.
RIIPL has created a unique relational database, RI 360, which houses anonymized longitudinal administrative data across Rhode Island government agencies, alongside added industry data in key sectors, to provide a 360-degree view of family and economic well-being. Personally identifiable information has been removed from the data and replaced with anonymous identifiers that make it possible for researchers with approved access to join and analyze records associated with the same individual while preserving anonymity. This anonymized database allows government agencies to use facts and science to evaluate programs and identify areas for improvement.
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