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7 7 //**Process Assessment** includes Measurement and Analysis and Verifying Implementation. Measurement and Analysis describes the need to measure the process and analyze the measurements, and typically includes examples of the measurements that could be taken to determine the status and effectiveness of the Activities Performed. Verifying Implementation describes the steps to ensure that the activities are performed in compliance with the process that has been established, and typically encompasses reviews and audits by management and quality assurance.//
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10 -Process assessment for data dissemination follows the general guidelines as stated in chapter 1. It should be pointed out that the assessment of this area's process can be easily confused with the outcome assessment such as impact and usage of data. Assessment of the data dissemination process aims at establishing appropriate quantitative measurements so that through consistent data gathering on these measurements, the RDM personnel can assess the process systematically on a regular basis, so that the process can be continuously improved.
10 +Process assessment for data dissemination follows the general guidelines as stated in chapter 1. It should be pointed out that the assessment of the dissemination process area can be easily confused with the outcome assessment such as impact and usage of data. Assessment of the data dissemination process aims at establishing appropriate quantitative measurements so that through consistent data gathering on these measurements, the RDM personnel can assess the process systematically on a regular basis for continuous improvement.
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12 12 == 4.4.1 Measurement and Analysis ==
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14 -Assessment of the data dissemination process should stay focused on measurements that can tell how effectively and efficiently the process was performed. Example measurements include the time taken from data submission to release with full metadata description, number of venues used for dissemination, and the increase/decrease in data access that may be attributed to data dissemination efforts. Tools and procedures should be provided for collecting the data on the process assessment measurements routinely, rather than on an ad hoc basis.
14 +Assessment of the data dissemination process should stay focused on measurements that can tell how effectively and efficiently the process was performed. Example measurements include the time taken from data submission to release with full metadata description, number of venues used for dissemination, and the increase/decrease in data access that may be attributed to data dissemination efforts.
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16 +Collecting data on dissemination process is not always straightforward. For example, once a dataset is ready for dissemination, metadata has to be created, reviewed, rights terms and access permissions defined, and venues for dissemination organized. Some of these steps may take longer to complete (e.g., the rights terms may involve legal consultation) while others may be in the form of notes rather than quantitative data. Having tools and procedures for collecting the data will not only make the data collection efficient and consistent but also enable the process assessment routinely, rather than on an ad hoc basis.
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16 16 == 4.4.2 Verifying Implementation ==
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18 18 A higher level of capability maturity (level 4 or 5) requires that the implementation of policies and procedures be verified to ensure that the process is adequately executed with a reasonable degree of quality. For example, questions may be asked during the verification review:
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