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Developing Data-Driven Capabilities to Support Policymaking

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Figure 2. Data Matrix

Name of Data Source
How important are the data? Five to ten key questions that can be answered with this data source:
What is the main purpose of this data source? What policy questions can it be used to answer?
What do the data represent? Sample or universe
Where do the observations in the data set come from (e.g., all public hospitals or all persons covered by Medicaid)?
Unit(s) of analysis
What does one line of the data set represent (e.g., a person, a family, a provider, an insurance claim)?
How helpful are the data? Periodicity of data collection
Are the data collected on a regular basis? How frequently?
Access and usability of data
Are the data publicly available? Is a data use agreement or assurance of confidentiality required? What is the lead time needed to obtain the data?
Confidence in validity of data
Are there any limitations or concerns that people familiar with the data set may have? To what extent are the data generalizable?
How should the data be acquired? Contact information
What organization is responsible for collecting and managing the data? Provide a contact name with phone number and email address and Web site information, if available.

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