The CUSP data model includes both real and imputed (or synthetic) data. Which is why, for the purpose of transparency, auditability, and reliability of our data and analyses, we clearly flag data records that are imputed, even for children for whom actual data exists in state data systems. The most recent release of the CUSP SDK includes enhancements in our imputed data flagging capability to empower our clients to use and interpret data as correctly and knowledgeably as possible.
- New table in the CUSP output schema clearly and comprehensively identifies which data records—address, age, household income, or household employment status—are imputed for children present in state administrative data systems.
- The table retains original values of data records, imputed values, and final selected values for every attribute of children from administrative data systems.