Our goal is to advance the practice and policy supporting America’s military families through research, analytics, and data solutions that empower action in the following focus areas: post-service economic opportunities, community-based care coordination, business ownership, and data/evidence-driven services.
We accomplish our mission by following 3 foundational ideas:
Data is what allows us to figure out how we grow
Data is what enables us to solve cutting-edge questions
Data is what allows us to make informed decisions
All our work is centered around these principles:
Data should be accessible to the end users
Data should be shared as much as possible
Data should be managed via strong governance
Data should be relevant and accurate
Data should have a stated purpose and be useful
The foundations of our philosophy come from our understanding of why data is valuable to IVMF:
Data that is the primary enabler for IVMF to tackle more complicated questions around the impact we have on veterans. Taking the next step in terms of complexity (using our information to predict and not just look back) will help position us as a leader and influencer in the data space.
Data that is clean, timely, and relevant allows us to understand where obstacles exist and how we can overcome them. Data helps us understand and get more out of the information we have today – enabling outcomes we didn’t think possible.
We strive to share our data to the fullest extent permissible. As a result, data also shapes how we select our projects – prioritizing activities that have the highest impact on the community we serve.
When shared with users, our data should always meet the need a user wants to fulfill. Additionally, our goal is for the user to always be confident that the data they are receiving accurately reflects reality and can be used to draw conclusions as needed.
In order to facilitate accurate and relevant data, there should be well-documented processes that determine the rules to govern data quality. These rules should be transparent and easily accessible to anyone at IVMF.
Our understanding of data is comprehensive, covering both quantitative and qualitative information. Additionally, our data reflects the lived experience of the people we serve – as opposed to determining outcomes on its own.