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What is it?
The Message Quality Evaluation (MQE) Tool is an open-source application that will be freely available to the members of the IIS community. The tool will be designed to assist sites in consistently evaluating and improving the quality of data coming into their IIS. It will allow users with varying levels of expertise to quickly and easily generate a series of reports that describe the quality of incoming immunization data.
How is it used?
Individual users will be able to take advantage of a stand-alone implementation of the MQE. Click here for stand-alone installation instructions. More advanced implementers will be able to integrate the tool with their IIS to automate evaluation, report generation, and even make decisions about whether or not data are appropriate for IIS consumption.
Why use it?
Integrating this tool as part of ongoing data quality assurance activities will facilitate onboarding new submitters by quickly identifying problems in existing data feeds. Messages are quickly analyzed to show IIS staff whether data are good, fair, or poor in an easy-to-read web-based report. Using this tool will help expedite onboarding by providing fast and thorough data checks on all incoming messages. In addition, automated metrics will give confidence to staff that are directly responsible for ensuring that incoming data meet quality expectations.
How does this tool impact the IIS community?
While many IIS may have data quality strategies in place, the ways in which incoming data are evaluated varies from site to site. The MQE was selected as a Joint Development & Implementation (JDI) project by AIRA because it exemplifies the kind of collaborative product that benefits the entire community. The tool itself provides access to a wide array of data quality checks that reflect the experience of the entire community. With multiple sites evaluating incoming data using the same tool, comparing the same elements, with the same code sets and metadata, sites will be able to better collaborate to solve common data quality issues – across messages, submitters, or even vaccine types. When the IIS community speaks with a single voice, our message will be more easily heard.
How can an IIS participate?
AIRA welcomes any IIS that is interested in being part of the evolution of this open-source tool. We encourage sites to get engaged with the MQE User Group (coming soon!) to help shape the future of this tool and embrace its use. For IIS that have technology resources to share, we hope that you’ll engage with the MQE Technical Team in the ongoing development of the tool. Working together we hope to standardize data quality processes and provide a sustainable forum for shared community resources and training.