9 Ways to Evaluate Your Open Data Program

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A government’s work is never complete. This holds true for open data programs too, which act as both the benchmark and bullhorn for all of the government’s work. But if there’s no “finish line” when it comes to open data, how can you know if your program is serving the needs of your government and community?

Having an open data program and publishing datasets is a good step — but it’s only the first step. A flourishing open data program goes much further, ensuring that published datasets are relevant to the government’s stated goals, provide timely data in a usable format, and add context to the data.

Whether your open data program serves a small town, big city, or federal agency, there are certain indicators that can help evaluate how the program is performing. Here are 9 signs that your open data program is on a successful path.

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