Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. Data Access Principles That Have to Do with the Legal or Statutory Authority

06/01/2002

Principle 12: Statutory Language Authorizes or Is Broadly Interpretable to Authorize Data Access for Researchers

As discussed earlier, lawmakers have written legislation that protects the privacy of individuals but makes no distinction between research uses and disclosure of personal information. State agencies sometimes have overcome the legislative restrictions by accommodating researchers through a broad interpretation of the statutory "routine use" and/or "program purposes" clauses.

In our interviews, we learned that many state agencies interpret evaluation and research to be an integral part of the performance of their duty. Respondents reported knowledge of statutory language that was being broadly interpreted to allow diverse data-linking projects, such as "administration of programs under this title," "eligibility determination," "performance of the agency's duty," "implementation of state policy," "routine use," "direct benefit to the public," and "research into employment and training programs." For example, one contract stated that data were "being shared pursuant to Section 1704 of the Unemployment Insurance Act which states in pertinent part that ÔThe Director shall take all appropriate steps to assist in the reduction and prevention of unemploymentÉand to promote the reemployment of unemployed workers throughout the State in every feasible wayÉ" (820 ILCS 405/1704). It was reported that the New York Department of Labor has had access to welfare data and employment-related data for 5-6 years under statutorily approved language to "monitor employment and training programs."

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