About the Ecosystem

Purpose

People are more than slices of data.  We are whole human beings, raised in families, and rooted in communities.  The Data Ecosystem honors this complexity by connecting information from across our state so we can serve Rhode Islanders with respect, relevance, and understanding.

The Rhode Island Ecosystem is an analytic system that links data at the person and family level across state agencies to drive holistic improvements in human well-being. The Ecosystem is managed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Key information

With careful governance and anonymization as a backbone, our team builds user-friendly data tools to support inquiries, research, and operational data needs. Some of the data sources in the Ecosystem include:

  • RI Medicaid claims, encounters, and enrollment
  • Dept. of Human Services programs including: TANF, SNAP, CCAP, and SSI
  • Wages, income insurance, and job training from the Department of Labor and Training
  • Child screening, immunization, and outreach program referral from the RI Dept. of Health
  • Birth and death records
  • Housing insecurity and homelessness data
  • COVID testing, case, and vaccine information
  • Development disabilities case management data from the RI Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals
  • Rhode Island Courts data
  • Standalone (not linked to other sources): Medical and Pharmacy claims and enrollment data from the RI All Payer Claims Database (HealthFacts RI)

The RI Ecosystem also offers a variety of data products to meet analytic needs. These products include data extracts, customized reports, and customized interactive dashboards.

How data can be used

Originally established as an internal state resource, the Ecosystem has matured into a vital asset for state and non-state partners.​ Data can be used by program managers, researchers, providers, health insurers, and others to examine trends across populations and time. Our priority research areas include factors of economic opportunity, healthcare access and outcomes, and childhood. Click here to learn more.

How to request data

The Ecosystem offers several types of data products. To get started on a project:

  1. Review our data sharing and use process.
  2. Download and complete the Data License Request (DLR) [docx] (Please reach out to address below if you’d like to review our data dictionary for specific data elements and details)
  3. Email the DLR and any questions to [email protected].

    Our commitment to racial justice

    Racism is a public health crisis. All Data Ecosystem work will center in racial justice, have a race-explicit orientation, and promote racial equity.  Race-explicit means speaking about race or racism without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity. Centering efforts in race equity means that we seek to understand how institutional, societal, and interpersonal racism has differently, and negatively, affected the health, well-being, and economic opportunity outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC). We draw heavily from Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy’s Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration and University of New Mexico’s Community Based Participatory Research.

    To learn more about how our race-explicit framework and race equity will inform research projects using Ecosystem data, click here.