Data Merge Application

Eviction records can be merged with other data sources, by name and address, to provide previously unknown information about eviction experiences in other data sources. All these merges will take place in the Eviction Lab at no cost.

For your data to be considered for a merge, please apply via email to research@evictionlab.org and answer all the following questions:

  1. Briefly describe your data.
  2. Why would you like your data merged with eviction records? What questions do you hope to answer?
  3. The Eviction Lab will merge your dataset with eviction records, merging on research subjects’ name and address. It will then return de-identified data to you, listing only case IDs and eviction information. Please describe the security measures you will take to protect the confidentiality of evicted people represented in your dataset.
  4. Please attach a copy of your institution’s IRB approach.

By submitting your application, you agree to protect the identities of evicted persons by following this research protocol:

  • Neither I nor anyone on my research team will re-identify the data and publish the names and addresses of evicted persons in any form.

  • Neither I nor anyone on my research team will re-identify the data and distribute individual-level eviction data to outside persons or entities.

  • Neither I nor anyone on my research team will re-identify the data and send individual-level eviction data through an unsecured email server, social media platforms, or other unsecured modes.

  • Neither I nor anyone on my research team will re-identify the data and transfer individual-level eviction data onto personal computers or other devices.

  • Neither I nor anyone on my research team will re-identify the data and share them with persons who are not affiliated with my research team.

  • I agree to follow data security provisions, articulated to my IRB, to protect the confidentiality of my research subjects and ensure that only approved research team members will have access to their personally identifiable information.