Standard 1.2: Data Collection
Standard 1.2: Collect and maintain reliable, comparable, and valid data that provide information on conditions of public health importance and on health status of the population
Reliable data are key building blocks of public health. Health departments must gather timely and accurate data to identify health needs, understand factors that contribute to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes among populations, develop and evaluate programs and services, and determine resources. Health departments require reliable and valid data that can be compared between populations and across time. To best use the information available, health departments require a functional system for collecting data within their jurisdiction and for managing, analyzing, and using the data. Additionally, it is important that health departments share data with other organizations and access others’ data.
Required documentation by measure
Keep these considerations in mind when selecting documentation for this standard: