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The National Data Quality Forum (NDQF) in order to improve quality of health and demographic data in India has been launched by Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR’s) National Institute for Medical Statistics. It is launched by ICMR’s National Institute for Medical Statistics (ICMR-NIMS), in partnership with Population Council.

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Overview

  • NDQF is expected to improve data quality in general, and for health and medical research in particular.

  • Integrated learnings from scientific and evidence-based initiatives and guide actions by periodic workshops and conferences will be ensured.

  • A high level steering committee and will be guiding and operationalizing the NDQF platform. This also includes a technical advisory group composed of subject matter experts with a mandate to create dialogue for data quality, and build like-minded community of practice.

  • Establishment of protocols and good practices of data collection, storage, use and dissemination that can be applied to health and demographic data, as well as replicated across industries and sectors will be further ensured.

Challenges

  • A poor usability of national level data sources and comparability.

  • Possible chances of increased questionnaire length and questions on socially restricted conversation topics that translate to poor data quality.

  • The Age-reporting errors or non-response and intentional skipping of questions.

  • Underreporting due to subjective question interpretation and incompleteness.

  • There might be paucity of data to generate reliable estimates on mortality as major barriers to quality data.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 24, 2019

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