TANF Data Innovation (TDI) is a new national initiative to support Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies as they harness the full potential of using administrative records data to improve program administration, payment integrity, and outcomes for low-income families. Launched in 2017, TDI is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in collaboration with the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The TDI team will work with TANF agencies in building long-term staff capacity at the local, state, and federal levels, while also making immediate contributions to the quality of TANF data. By supporting agencies in institutionalizing modern data integration strategies and the broader human services community in using data analysis for program improvement, TDI is intended to facilitate a lasting benefit to the TANF evidence base. Its goals are consistent with stated aims in the President’s FY 2018 proposed budget and the legislation that led to the formation of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
The TDI project is currently conducting stakeholder interviews and preparing to conduct a needs assessment survey for all states. We anticipate launching the official TDI website in the first quarter of 2019, with initial training offerings.
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To contact the TDI team, email [email protected]