From Intake to Analysis: A Toolkit for Developing a Continuum of Care Data Quality Plan

August 2010

This toolkit is meant to be used with a data tool created by HUD, which can be accessed here

This document provides Continuums of Care, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) lead agencies, and homeless service providers with guidance and tools needed to develop a community-level HMIS data quality plan. The guidance and tools provided in this document will assist in the development of a data quality plan and protocols for ongoing data quality monitoring that meets requirements set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Once a community has implemented regular data quality monitoring protocols, it can move toward producing reliable data for homeless planning, assessing client and program outcomes, and evaluating efficient use of funds. When possible, data quality best practices from other communities are provided for reference.

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