Chapter 8

Assessment in Data Quality Improvement Projects

“I hope my recordings of my own works won’t inhibit other people’s performances. The brutal fact is that one doesn’t always get the exact tempo one wants, although one improves with experience.”

—Aaron Copland, American Composer (1900–1990)

Purpose

The process of initial assessment enables you to identify which data is critical and to characterize its condition. In doing so, it points to opportunities for data quality improvement. The process provides baseline measurements against which to observe subsequent changes to data. Change may be positive (improvements to the condition of the data) or negative (deterioration of the condition of data) or neutral (changes in the data caused by changes ...

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