Written by: Center for Care Innovations

From Tools & Terms, Chapter 1 of the 5 part Building a Data-Driven Culture: A Video Learning Series.

This tool was developed to address what we saw as a gap in the safety net for defining and assessing analytics capability in health centers, and to educate them on some of the complexity and nuance of working with data and building a data-driven culture.

The assessment covers three domains: People, Process and Technology. This is a pretty standard framework for understanding how to build capability, or generally what to consider when making a significant change or improvement within an organization.

Within each domain there are a number of factors. This assessment offers up indicators that show how these factors manifest within organizations at different levels. To align these metrics to give users a sense of their overall analytic capability, we’ve broken down these examples into four stages: reactive, responsive, proactive and predictive.

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Chapter 1: Terms & Tools

In many ways, culture is really about language. Working in a data-driven culture means understanding and using terminology that helps us break down and talk about complex concepts and then put those concepts into action. This section aims to simplify and demystify these terms and provide a reference as we delve into more complicated issues in further sections. Here you will also find tools that will help you plan and navigate your data capacity-building journey and align your data strategy with your organizational strategy.


These “explainers” aim to define and contextualize some of the many concepts in managing data and making the most of it as the healthcare landscape changes.

  1. What is Data Governance?
  2. What is Data Stewardship?
  3. What is Data Literacy?
  4. What is a Data Model?
  5. What is Data Density and Data Liquidity?
  6. What is Controlled (or Structured) Clinical Vocabulary?
  7. What is Risk Stratification?
  8. What is Capitation?
  9. What is Cost Benefit Analysis?
  10. What is Value Based Payment?
Tools: Assessments & Worksheets

Assessments and worksheets to help find your starting point and map out needs and goals.

  1. Introduction to the Analytics Capability Assessment
  2. Analytics Capability Assessment (currently viewing)
  3. Introduction to Data Strategy Worksheet
  4. Data Strategy Worksheet
  5. Data Governance Handbook: Implementing Data Management Practices in Health Centers



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