The CEDS tool, Connect, is an avenue
for identifying various policy questions that others are asking
and provides the CEDS data elements necessary to answer those questions.
Connect has over 30 categories, each with its own set of descriptors,
to help you find specific Connections of interest.
The CEDS tool, Align, allows you to build or upload a data dictionary to CEDS as a map.
That map can then be used to ascertain whether your data systems collect the information (data)
you need to answer that question. Maps that have been shared can then be used in myConnect
to compare the data elements you collect with those
that are used in Connections that interest you.
Often times, a new policy/law is enacted that requires data to implement.
CEDS allows policymakers to ask questions in advance to determine whether the policy or law is implementable right away,
or if it will take time, effort, or resources.
By creating a Connection you can identify the CEDS elements that would be needed to address the requirements.
Then, compare the Connection to your aligned maps using myConnect
to determine whether you have the right data.
Alternatively, if the data are to be derived from an outside agency,
the link to the Connection can be provided to that agency as a way
to start a conversation about what is required and whether they collect the data necessary to respond.
To access support from your peers, join the CEDS Community.