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What is quality data?

How does True Impact define quality data?

Data Quality. All data reported through True Impact must be categorized by its source. Top-level categories include:
  • Direct measurement of program results, including testing, monitoring, or reporting by the beneficiaries or program implementers, using subjective or objective evaluation criteria.
  • Estimate based on data from other, similar programs; indirect tracking of outcomes (e.g., government data); or the program's past results.
  • Guess based on experience, anecdotal results, or logical assumptions.

    The first two categories – direct measurement and estimate based on data – are considered high-quality (or evidence-based) data, providing some validation for the reporting organization’s assertions. Guess are considered low-quality data (better than nothing, but an area that should be improved.