The Administrative Data Accelerator

Leveraging administrative data to accelerate the research-to-impact process

Located in the College of Health and Human Development’s Prevention Research Center, and supported by the Social Science Research Institute, The Penn State Administrative Data Accelerator collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to acquire and securely store administrative data to inform policy and improve lives.

Using data created through the routine running of programs allows us to generate evidence, advance research, and inform policy at minimal cost to the public, with big impact for society. 


The Data Accelerator is housed in a secure facility within the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, located in the Biobehavioral Health Building at Penn State University’s University Park campus.

The Administrative Data Accelerator is made possible by the generous support of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child & Human DevelopmentNational Institute on Drug AbuseLaura & John Arnold FoundationAnnie E. Casey FoundationRobert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as institutional funding from the Penn State College of Health and Human Development and the Social Science Research Institute.  The Data Accelerator team is housed within the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University.