U.S. Agency for International Development


M-13-13 Milestone 9 - November 30th 2015

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

Review Status complete
Reviewer Justin Grimes
Last Updated January 11, 2016, 2:49 pm EST by Justin Grimes

Assessment Summary

U.S. Agency for International Development needs to address the following issues: 1) "Fails to document any outstanding Licensing information"; 2) "Fails to provide an up-to-date Data Publication Process on the /digitalstrategy page."

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
289 Number of Datasets
3 Number of APIs
Schedule Delivered Crawl details
1 Bureaus represented
39 Programs represented
152 Number of public datasets
74 Number of restricted public datasets
64 Number of non-public datasets
Inventory > Public listing
37.0% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
98.3% License specified Crawl details
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
289 Number of Datasets Crawl details
6 Number of Collections Crawl details
142 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
3 Number of APIs Crawl details
184 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
154 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
37.0% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100% Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
2349 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
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
POCs identified for required responsibilities
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
See below Primary Uses
USAID budget and expenditure data continues to be of use to civil society organizations, government agencies, and the general public. The data is used by public interest groups interested in analyzing the allocation of USAID’s resources geographically as well as by program area. It is also used by transparency advocacy groups. For example, USAID moved from “Fair” to “Good” in the Publish What You Fund “2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review” based on the increasing level of granularity with which it publishes foreign assistance data. It is also used by other development organizations to facilitate collaboration on the ground. One organization, for example, is planning to use farm level plot polygons with detailed cropping statistics tied to each plot to inform their existing analysis efforts. This sort of data sharing helps eliminate inefficiencies in the development community caused by duplication of effort and promotes efficiencies by making it easier to join forces to address particular development issues.
Value or impact of data
See below Primary data discovery channels
USAID continues to monitor questions submitted through StackExchange, GitHub or USAID’s open data email account. In order to begin the process of building a community of users for USAID data, USAID sponsored its very first hackathon with a focus on data related to the worsening crime situation in Latin America. The event attracted over 100 participants from approximately 50 organizations worldwide. Several other USAID missions in the region are now considering putting on their own hackathons. In addition, representatives of the USAID “open data team” give briefings at other USAID sponsored events attended by potential data users. This includes, for example, a speaking engagement by USAID’s Chief Data Officer at the Brookings Institution in May; a meeting of USAID HIV Implementation Science Investigators in September, and an upcoming Management Bureau partners meeting scheduled for December.
See below User suggestions on improving data usability
Visitors to the USAID /data page (its Development Data Library) early in the open data era found the lack of an effective search function an obstacle to finding datasets of interest. Although USAID had plans to develop a new platform for its open data, the urgency of the request prompted an interim solution now in place with some search capability as well as a better display of relevant metadata. Work under a new contract to build the more functional platform started this quarter. Data analysts skilled in the use of a variety of statistical packages asked that data be posted in the formats of those packages, not only in non-proprietary formats, to enable them to skip the step of rebuilding the files. This is now standard practice. USAID is also working with OMB to ensure its open data procurement language benefits from feedback through the federal rule-making process. Based on customer feedback, the proposed rule includes a requirement to ensure all datasets are accompanied by code books or data dictionaries.
See below User suggestions on additional data releases
USAID receives questions for data on programs in specific countries or regions of countries; for example the farm dataset in Senegal (mentioned above), education of girls in Afghanistan and energy sector data for Indonesia. This past September, USAID scheduled a series of consultations with its implementing partners who are primary potential users of USAID data as well as generators of the data that now has to be submitted to USAID. Among the many suggestions and ideas emerging from these consultations is the notion that USAID improve and expand upon its feedback to partners on the way datasets are being used and analyzed by others in order to stimulate their own plans for analysis of the data made public through the Development Data Library. Based on these consultations, USAID also plans to issue guidance on how to create data management plans and best practices on data protection.
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 https://www.usaid.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects 1 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%(289 of 289) - The JSON file is invalid and can't be parsed without special processing
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 289
Number of Collections 6
Datasets with Distribution URLs 49.1% (142 of 289)
Datasets with Download URLs 48.1% (139 of 289)
Total Distribution URLs 184
Total Download URLs 181
Total APIs 3
Public Datasets 151
Restricted Public Datasets 74
Non-public Datasets 64
Bureaus Represented 1
Programs Represented 39
License Specified 98.3% (284 of 289)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 289)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 289)
File Size 550.46KB
Last modified Monday, 30-Nov-2015 11:34:11 EST
Last crawl Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:18:53 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-11-30
Nearby Daily Crawls
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.usaid.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL https://www.usaid.gov/data
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html; charset=utf-8
Last modified Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:18:48 EST
Last crawl Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:18:50 EST
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.usaid.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL https://www.usaid.gov/digitalstrategy.json
Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Last modified Wednesday, 26-Nov-2014 16:58:34 EST
Last crawl Monday, 30-Nov-2015 23:18:50 EST