Community Corner, Data
What is data?
- Data is gathered information. It is facts, concepts, or instructions collected in a manner suitable for communication, interpretation, storage, or processing by humans or by automated means.
- Data may consist of numbers, words, or images; it can be facts, figures, pieces of information, statistics, either historical or derived by calculation, experimentation, surveys, etc.
- For NHVR it refers mostly to the information entered into the CMS, CPT, Financial system or into a case file.
- This information can be organized and used for analysis, discussion, as a basis for reasoning or used to make decisions.
Why collect data?
- It allows for dissemination of accurate public information
- It identifies service areas that need improvement or further evaluation
- It is the only reliable way to evaluate the activity, responsiveness and effectiveness of agency services
- It promotes decision making and resource allocation that are based on solid evidence rather than on isolated occurrences, assumption, emotion, politics, etc.
Data can be used to
- Allocate resources effectively
- Communicate the importance of data collection to providers such as CRPs
- Demonstrate the need for a new program or resources
- Help gain grant funding
- Help us to see the value of the work we do
- Influence legislative policies and regulations
- Improve quality of services to our customers
- Provide justification for the program
- Stimulate new ideas
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