Building a Data Resource to Support Housing Research

Two faculty with the School of Social Work are part of a team awarded a grant to increase the quality and amount of housing-related data available to the Wisconsin Administrative Data Core, a unique data resource at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP).

Katherine Magnuson
Dr. Katherine Magnuson
Dr. Marah Curtis
Dr. Marah Curtis

Professor Katherine Magnuson, Principal Investigator and Professor Marah Curtis, Co-Principal Investigator, and colleagues will add critical housing data and link it to other longitudinal public program data to help answer: what are the housing conditions and capabilities of lower-income families? Despite the importance of housing to family well-being, there is little existing data about families’ experiences with housing instability, what works to produce housing stability, and the effectiveness of public programs that address housing.

The project is one of 12 projects chosen for Round 6 of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. The initiative is funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.