What Data Elements are Used to Match Data?

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The specific elements used to match datasets depend on the participating agencies involved in a request and the data sets being matched. Because P20 WIN is decentralized, each participating agency houses and determines the availability of different data pursuant to their respective state and federal laws and regulations.

For example, a linkage between the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and Department of Labor (DOL) data would be different than a linkage between the Department for Social Services (DSS) and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) because CSDE does not collect Social Security Numbers for K-12 students.

To learn what data fields are available to include in a data request, please use our Data Dictionary.

The following elements are examples of identifiers that may be used to match data between participating agencies:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Middle Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number (SSN)