Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.va.gov/

Milestone 8 - August 31st 2015

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Rebecca Williams
Last Updated October 6, 2015, 10:46 am EDT by Rebecca Williams

Assessment Summary

The Department of Veteran Affairs should be commended for 12% growth in their PDL/EDI this quarter, documenting 1 new API, and only having only .5% broken links. VA is cited as a PDL best practice for this quarter. VA should also be commending for reporting data improvements under the IDC Use & Impact.

Action Items: 1. VA must prioritize maintaining their public two-way feedback mechanism by updating their GitHub Issues need updating. 2. VA must continue to expand the quality of their EDI/PDL metadata to include: Collections, Data Dictionaries, relevant Data Standards, and keywords. 3. VA must continue to increase open data maturity (machine-readable formats, real-time delivery, worldwide public domain dedication, bulk downloads, free access to previously charged for data, public access to previously Restricted Public data, and data quality improvements) of their datasets.

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
1064 Number of Datasets
3 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
4 Bureaus represented
37 Programs represented
939 Number of public datasets
1 Number of restricted public datasets
124 Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
+12% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
4910 Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
100% License specified Crawl details

Best Practice: Department of Veterans Affairs has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Public Data Listing indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
1062 Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
758 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
3 Number of APIs Crawl details
786 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
632 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
130 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
4 Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
+12% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
1062 Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
1435 Views on data.gov for the quarter
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Description of feedback mechanism delivered Crawl details
Data release is prioritized through public engagement
Feedback loop is closed, 2 way communication
See below Link to or description of Feedback Mechanism
https://github.com/department-of-veterans-affairs/va-data/issues
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Data Publication Process Delivered Crawl details
Information that should not to be made public is documented with agency's OGC

Best Practice: Department of Veterans Affairs has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Human Capital indicator

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
See below Open Data Primary Point of Contact
Lisa.Mavrogianis@va.gov
POCs identified for required responsibilities
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
See below Primary Uses
The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve America’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. The primary uses of agency data support the Department’s mission to serve Veterans and their families: Planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Strategy development to integrate the organization's common customer data (identity; military service history; contact information; socioeconomic/demographic; utilization history) to effectively deliver high quality service. Employment data to help identify military skills that Veterans can leverage in the civilian job market. Efforts to empower Veterans to be entrepreneurs, helping them start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. Determination of what veterans’ health and other needs are, what government is doing to address those needs, and identification of opportunities (using data on: Demographics and geography; Health and economic conditions; Utilization of government services and benefits) Research initiatives which provide data that policymakers, service providers, institutions of higher learning, and the general public can act on to support student Veterans, including the rate at which student veterans complete college compared with traditional students; how long it takes them to complete higher education; the highest degree attained; and their degree fields.
Value or impact of data
See below Primary data discovery channels
The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve America’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. The primary uses of agency data support the Department’s mission to serve Veterans and their families: Planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Strategy development to integrate the organization's common customer data (identity; military service history; contact information; socioeconomic/demographic; utilization history) to effectively deliver high quality service. Employment data to help identify military skills that Veterans can leverage in the civilian job market. Efforts to empower Veterans to be entrepreneurs, helping them start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. Determination of what veterans’ health and other needs are, what government is doing to address those needs, and identification of opportunities (using data on: Demographics and geography; Health and economic conditions; Utilization of government services and benefits) Research initiatives which provide data that policymakers, service providers, institutions of higher learning, and the general public can act on to support student Veterans, including the rate at which student veterans complete college compared with traditional students; how long it takes them to complete higher education; the highest degree attained; and their degree fields.
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve America’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. The primary uses of agency data support the Department’s mission to serve Veterans and their families: Planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Strategy development to integrate the organization's common customer data (identity; military service history; contact information; socioeconomic/demographic; utilization history) to effectively deliver high quality service. Employment data to help identify military skills that Veterans can leverage in the civilian job market. Efforts to empower Veterans to be entrepreneurs, helping them start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. Determination of what veterans’ health and other needs are, what government is doing to address those needs, and identification of opportunities (using data on: Demographics and geography; Health and economic conditions; Utilization of government services and benefits) Research initiatives which provide data that policymakers, service providers, institutions of higher learning, and the general public can act on to support student Veterans, including the rate at which student veterans complete college compared with traditional students; how long it takes them to complete higher education; the highest degree attained; and their degree fields.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to serve America’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. The primary uses of agency data support the Department’s mission to serve Veterans and their families: Planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Strategy development to integrate the organization's common customer data (identity; military service history; contact information; socioeconomic/demographic; utilization history) to effectively deliver high quality service. Employment data to help identify military skills that Veterans can leverage in the civilian job market. Efforts to empower Veterans to be entrepreneurs, helping them start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. Determination of what veterans’ health and other needs are, what government is doing to address those needs, and identification of opportunities (using data on: Demographics and geography; Health and economic conditions; Utilization of government services and benefits) Research initiatives which provide data that policymakers, service providers, institutions of higher learning, and the general public can act on to support student Veterans, including the rate at which student veterans complete college compared with traditional students; how long it takes them to complete higher education; the highest degree attained; and their degree fields.
Digital Analytics Program on /data

Automated Metrics

These metrics are generated by an automated analysis that runs every 24 hours until the end of the quarter at which point they become a historical snapshot

data.json
Expected Data.json URL http://www.va.gov/data.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL http://www.va.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type application/json
Valid JSON Valid
Detected Data.json Schema federal-v1.1
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(1062 of 1062)
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 1062
Datasets with Distribution URLs 73.6% (782 of 1062)
Datasets with Download URLs 71.4% (758 of 1062)
Total Distribution URLs 786
Total Download URLs 762
Total APIs 3
Public Datasets 937
Restricted Public Datasets 1
Non-public Datasets 124
Bureaus Represented 4
Programs Represented 36
License Specified 100% (1062 of 1062)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 1062)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 1062)
File Size 1.32MB
Last modified Wednesday, 12-Aug-2015 13:51:09 EDT
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:15 EDT
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-08-31
Nearby Daily Crawls
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.va.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL http://www.va.gov/data/
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:02 EDT
/digitalstrategy.json
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.va.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.va.gov/digitalstrategy.json
Redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type application/json
Valid JSON Valid
Last modified Friday, 14-Aug-2015 14:12:22 EDT
Last crawl Monday, 31-Aug-2015 00:00:02 EDT
Digital Strategy

Date specified: Wednesday, 22-May-2013 14:55:22 EDT

Date of digitalstrategy.json file: Friday, 14-Aug-2015 14:12:22 EDT