U.S. Agency for International Development


M-13-13 Milestone 6 - February 28th 2015

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Jamie Berryhill
Last Updated April 17, 2015, 1:58 pm EDT by Jamie Berryhill

Assessment Summary

PDL: The PDL grew by 56% this quarter, but only 31% of datasets have a download URL, and just 42% of dataset links are working.

Note: The doughnut charts for Inventory Composition, Public Dataset Status, and Dataset Link Quality are new for this milestone, and they only appear is data are available. For detailed documentation on these charts, please see http://labs.data.gov/dashboard/docs#doughnut_charts. The "Other" category includes URLs that did not provide a response within 5 seconds of the automated crawl, which may indicate a server issue and not necessarily a completely non-working link.

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
183 Number of Datasets
6 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
Bureaus represented
Programs represented
45 Number of public datasets
75 Number of restricted public datasets
63 Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
95% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
970 Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
License specified Crawl details
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
120 Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
38 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
6 Number of APIs Crawl details
59 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
25 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
19 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
9 Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
56% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100% Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
1,040 Views on data.gov for the quarter

Best Practice: U.S. Agency for International Development has been highlighted for demonstrating a best practice on the Public Engagement indicator

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
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
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
See below Open Data Primary Point of Contact
Brandon Pustejovsky (bpustejovsky@usaid.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
Civil society organizations, government agencies, and the general public use USAID budget and expenditure data to better understand outputs and outcomes generated by USAID’s foreign assistance programming. USAID is also beginning to make data available which documents programmatic, non-financial aspects of its implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of international development program. This data is used to build a culture of learning among USAID operating units and global development practitioners; to identify promising approaches that can be scaled for broader use; to create new and innovative solution to complex international development challenges; and to generally improve programming practices worldwide.
See below Value or impact of data
Data from USAID’s Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) helps planners to prepare for impending shortages in food commodities, reducing the response time to mitigate the negative effects of those shortages. One local organization is also using FEWS data in a text-based mobile application that give farmers access to market prices. This enables famers to plant crop varietals that are most likely to maximize their income. Sharing data on the health status of vulnerable populations via USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) helps direct resources to combat more highly prevalent diseases in geographical areas most in need. Aid agencies and host country governments also use USAID’s DHS data on disease prevalence, service use, and household behaviors to refine programmatic approaches and to make better allocations of scarce financial and human resources. USAID has also posted a number of baseline surveys for its larger programs that, when combined with later surveys planned for those same programs, should be invaluable to researchers and practitioners alike. With the release of USAID’s first ever open data policy (ADS 579 – USAID Development Data), all USAID grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts require implementing partners to submit data directly to USAID. As policy implementation progresses, USAID expects a wealth of data to become available that will shed light on the effectiveness and efficiency of various approaches to international development.
See below Primary data discovery channels
Users can learn about USAID’s data by posting a question to StackExchange, GitHub, or USAID’s open data email account. USAID also publicized the release of its open data policy via a public blog and several related Twitter announcements. USAID implementing partners are both users and producers of data. As such, USAID continues to meet with consortia of its partners, including the Professional Services Council and InterAction to increase awareness of its open data policy. USAID also engaged with data users during a three-day TechCon event in San Francisco in November 2014 . USAID is planning a hackathon in early 2015 to generate additional interest in its data.
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
USAID conducted a usability study of its www.usaid.gov/data website in November 2014. This, along with the engagements listed in previous questions, will help USAID improve both the usability of its data along with the platform used to power www.usaid.gov/data. Users have noted that they would like to see metadata standardization among datasets within the same sector (e.g. food security); key metadata fields listed with each dataset (e.g. description, filetype, and periodicity); and explicit linkages between datasets and related analytical works that have already been made public.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
Users have expressed interest in gaining access to data regarding the education of girls in Afghanistan, disaster event history, energy sector data for Indonesia; and a machine readable copy of USAID’s Development Experience Clearinghouse . USAID’s open data team continues to work with the appropriate operating units throughout the organization to ensure that these requests are prioritized for release.
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

Expected Data.json URL http://www.usaid.gov/data.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL http://www.usaid.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Detected Data.json Schema federal-v1.1
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(183 of 183) - The JSON file is invalid and can't be parsed without special processing
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 183
Datasets with Distribution URLs 0.0% (0 of 183)
Total Distribution URLs 0
Public Datasets 45
Restricted Public Datasets 75
Non-public Datasets 63
Bureaus Represented 1
Programs Represented 38
File Size 242.82KB
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:02:42 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-02-28
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.usaid.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL http://www.usaid.gov/data
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html; charset=utf-8
Last modified Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:02:42 EST
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:02:43 EST
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.usaid.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.usaid.gov/digitalstrategy.json
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Last crawl Friday, 27-Feb-2015 23:02:54 EST