Data Quality Initiative

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention began a Data Quality Initiative under the leadership of Patricia Schnitzer, Ph.D. Its goal is to improve the quality and consistency of the data entered into the Case Reporting System in an effort to improve usefulness of the data at the state and national level for identifying prevention strategies and monitoring the effectiveness of prevention measures that have been implemented.

The Initiative has the following six components which began in the Fall of 2015:

A Data Quality Initiative Webinar (Access code “Quality” -Firefox or Chrome suggested) was presented on June 23, 2016 to all users of the CDR Case Reporting System. This webinar introduced the Data Quality Initiative and presented some case scenarios in an interactive format using the Guidance. The slides are also available.

A volunteer workgroup identified PRIORITY variables based on importance and ability to obtain the information. A subset of CORE variables were also identified. These priority and core variables were used as the basis for a Data Quality Guidance and Data Quality Summary.

A Data Quality Guidance for the Case Reporting System was developed to help users understand some of the trickier sections of the report tool. The Guidance has been incorporated into the Data Dictionary as well. A Frequently Asked Questions document has also been created.

A Data Quality Summary was developed for states with at least 30 deaths in the calendar year 2014. This Summary presents the percent of missing and unknown responses for the priority variables using the national data along-side state-specific numbers. The Summary was sent to CDR state coordinators with their state’s data. A pre-recorded webinar (access code ‘Quality’ -Firefox or Chrome suggested) more fully explains how to read the Summary and its potential uses; slides of the webinar are also available. The National Data Quality Summary shows the template and our baseline year data from 2014.

Technical Assistance will be provided to selected states.

A survey of all users was conducted in June/July 2016 asking for feedback regarding the users experience with the online Case Reporting System and ideas for improvement, among other questions. We will use this feedback to help shape our next version of the software.