Definition Edit

Data reliability is

the accuracy and completeness of computer-processed data, given the uses they are intended for.[1]

Overview Edit

In this context, reliability means that data are reasonably complete and accurate, meet the intended purposes, and are not subject to inappropriate alteration.

Assessing data reliability can entail reviewing existing information about the data, including conducting interviews with officials from the organization being audited; performing tests on the data, including advanced electronic analysis; tracing to and from source documents; and reviewing selected system controls.

References Edit

  1. Applied Research and Methods: Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data, at 4.
  2. Id. at 5.