The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control has developed and distributed computer programs for use by cancer registries since 1996. EDITS is a set of publicly available, free-of-charge software tools that can be used to improve data quality by standardizing the way data items are checked for validity. EditWriter 4 is used to define data items, create record layouts, and generate data quality edits and metafiles, and GenEDITS Plus is used to apply data quality edits to data files using metafiles and to generate error reports for error resolution.
CDC EDITS Workshop Course Objectives
This ½ day (4.0 hour) EDITS training will include a brief overview and description of basic data editing concepts, familiarize workshop participants with the various features of the EditWriter 4 and GenEDITS Plus programs, and provide participants with the basic knowledge necessary to write state-specific edits and create their own edit sets using EditWriter 4, and then apply the edits to data using GenEDITS Plus. This training will be ideal for individuals who perform data quality assurance activities for their cancer registries, or those having an interest in using the EDITS tools.
Class participants should be familiar with Windows computing environment, and have basic knowledge of data and data files. Participants should bring their own laptops, and have EditWriter 4 and GenEDITS Plus installed prior to the workshop (download and installation instructions will be provided to participants in advance of the workshop).
Basic Data Editing Concepts
Overview of EditWriter 4 Application
Writing State-Specific Edits
Generating State-Specific Edit sets
Applying edit sets to data using GenEDITS Plus