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TDC brings together staff at federal and state agencies with top national experts from nonprofits and academic institutions to improve TANF programs and participant outcomes.


Office of Family Assistance An Office of the Administration for Children and Families The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) administers federal grant programs that foster family economic security and stability, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF) program, Native Employment Works, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants, Health Profession Opportunity Grants, and Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination grants.

O-P-R-E The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies.


TDC partner organizations have deep experience in all aspects of conducting data-driven projects and providing technical assistance and training to government agencies and organizations.

The TDC team includes:

MDRC Building Knowledge to Improve Social Policy MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization in operation since 1974 dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor. MDRC’s Center for Data Insights (CDI) helps government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations that want to use data analytics to improve their practices, organizational cultures, and the structure of their work in a sustainable way, to ultimately lower their costs and improve the outcomes of their clients.

Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania works with state and local governments to develop Integrated Data Systems (IDS) that link administrative data across agencies. In operation since 2008, AISP works to develop the capacities of existing and new IDS sites, demonstrate uses of IDS for policy and program reforms, and identifies opportunities for innovation in the development and use of IDS.

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago combines rigorous research methods to generate evidence, while providing implementation support to apply that evidence in the field. In operation since 1985, Chapin Hall staff are experts in improving the available data and information on children and families and providing high-quality information to policymakers to improve the programs serving those individuals.

Coleridge Initiative The Coleridge Initiative is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to improving the evidence basis for policy-making, decision-making, and research. The award winning Administrative Data Research Facility provides secure remote access to confidential micro data. The Applied Data Analytics program trains government agency staff in how to use data science tools applied to confidential data to address policy questions important to their agency. We have served over 150 agencies and organizations at all levels of government throughout the country in the last two years.

Public Strategies Public Strategies operates at the crossroads of human services practice, research, and policy. With diverse public and private sector clients, Public Strategies creates custom resources, delivers training and technical assistance on service delivery and evaluation, and develops communications and marketing strategies.