Data Management: Quality and Standards (DM 202.3)

Data Management


START DATE: September 04, 2019

- Duration: 4 Weeks
- Expected time commitment: up to 5 hours per week, on average
- Introduction virtual live session: Wednesday, September 04, 2019, Time: (will be announced later) EST
- Weekly virtual live sessions: 1 hour each week during the course, held on Tuesdays at (exact time will be announced later). ET starting September 10.
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This online course, developed by the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, will teach you to recognize the components of data quality, identify common quality issues, and learn methods and practices for improving data quality. In addition, we will discuss the necessary building blocks, use cases, and methods for evaluating and employing effective data standards.

Through this course, you will:
-Learn common data quality issues
-Explore government datasets for common data quality issues
-Gain insights to popular data standards
-Develop strategies for improving data quality and implementing data standards
This course aligns with the following What Works Cities Certification Criteria focused on Data Governance. The full list of criteria can be found at

- Your local government has and carries out documented policies or practices to improve data quality.
- Your local government adopts Civic Data Standards.

  • About the course
  • How to Navigate your online course
  • Week 1 - Understanding the Importance of Data Quality
  • Week 2 - Assessing Open Datasets for Quality Issues
  • Week 3 - Understanding Data Standards
  • Week 4 - Implementation Strategies
  • Course Wrap-up 100d
  • Post-Course Survey Instructions
  • SUBMIT Week 4 Assessment: Data Quality Memo
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever