The Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) housed at IRIS partner, New York University, has been awarded a 2018 Government Innovation Award. The ADRF offers a new approach to sharing data across agencies and across state lines. It enables multiple local, state, and federal agencies to keep data in separate secure areas, and link data for approved projects. The NYU ADRF was set up by the Census Bureau to inform the decision making of the Commission on Evidence based Policy (and was highlighted in their final report). It was designed to build on the lessons learned from establishing the Census Bureau’s Local Employment Dynamics (and Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics) program – mainly that state and local access to and use of linked data was essential to the creation of high value products. IRIS PI, Julia Lane, is also PI of the NYU ADRF.