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Creating Cross-Agency Longitudinal Datasets for Education Research

Big data is everywhere. As evaluators, often our task is to transform data into information that answers questions and guides better decision-making. However, existing data is often collected for a myriad of purposes, siloed in separate agencies, and protected by different privacy laws

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Focus Search - Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers up to date guidance and free training modules http://ptac.ed.gov/ Guidance from the Data Quality Campaign on FERPA compliance from a policymaker’s view http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/find-resources/complying-with-ferpa-and-other-federal-privacy-and-security-laws-and-maximizing-appropriate-data-use/ Specific guidance for disclosure avoidance http://ptac.ed.gov/ptac-new-guidance-disclosure-avoidance-limiting-access-pii Information & Resources for DATA LINKING Steps for designing your own identity resolution software · Identify what data elements you have to match (SSN, name, address, etc) · Define the Exact and “Fuzzy” matching criteria