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New HMIS Resource Now Available on the HUD Exchange

December 19, 2022 Print ShareThis

In January 2022, HUD released the HMIS CSV Data Quality Tool aimed to assist HMIS Administrators in improving data quality in their community. This tool was widely adopted and addressed many of the issues communities were facing in identifying data quality issues, particularly in relationship to Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) reporting.

To build off that success, a new, web-based application called Eva has been developed. Eva is an open-source project intended for local use by HMIS Administrators in Continuums of Care (CoCs) around the U.S. and its territories. Eva is designed to help assess the accuracy of HMIS data and its completeness (which was not covered by the previous data quality tool).

Eva includes several enhancements from its predecessor including new Project Descriptor Data Elements (PDDEs) checker, visual summaries of data quality issues at the system and organization level, exports at the system and organization level, and incorporation of many of the data quality checks described in the HMIS Reporting Glossary.

The shift to a web-based platform has allowed for increased accessibility, increased cloud-based processing power, better version control, and more transparent programming.

In future iterations, Eva will also assist communities in analyzing your HMIS performance data, including coordinated entry, if communities utilize HMIS for this purpose.

Use of this tool is not required by HUD. The previous Excel-based version of the data quality tool will still be available but will no longer be supported.

Using Eva

Eva is a web-based tool through an R package called Shiny. To use Eva, upload a hashed version of an HMIS CSV to the tool. Eva will only accept hashed HMIS CSVs. If you are unsure of how to generate a hashed version of the HMIS CSV, contact your HMIS vendor.

Access Eva

Providing Feedback

Users can provide feedback or report issues regarding Eva by reporting an issue through Abt GitHub. To add a new issue, click the "New Issue" button at the right-hand side of the page.

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