Our Projects


Secondary Analyst for Results Tracking (SART) Ed

Optimal Analytics Group configured the ReveloTM suite of tools to develop the Secondary Analyst for Results Tracking (SART) Ed data system, a centralized, web-based, data monitoring platform that facilitated the secure collection of education data, harmonized the data to meet established standards, ingested the data into the central system, published public use micro-data, and analyzed the data to report the progress of the USAID Education strategy through dynamic data visualizations. The SART Ed system was hosted on a secure FISMA and low FedRAMP environment that allowed role-based user access and received an Authority-to-Operate from the USAID information security office.


Data Management, Analysis and Reporting Tool (DMARS)

Optimal Analytics created the Learning System Data Management (LSDM) Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting Tool (DMARS) by customizing Optimal’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product Revelo™. DMARS is a web-based relational database used to manage and validate data collected on learning events. These events are held for organizations participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI’s) health care innovation models. DMARS also contains dashboards and export functionality that CMMI and its contractors use for reporting purposes.


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reporting Tool (NRT)

Optimal Analytics created and maintains the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reporting Tool (NRT) for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The tool contains all of the displays from the Education Statistics Support Institute Network’s (ESSIN) NAEP pre-release booklets and provides NCES with user-friendly access to these displays.

Optimal Analytics created Tableau dashboards for a demonstration of ESSIN's state repository tool and a presentation of NAEP's 2017 mathematics and reading grades 4 and 8 results for the 2018 NCES DC Stats Conference in 2018.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Ombudsman Program Support

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implements waves of multiple mass mailings to replace Medicare beneficiaries’ health insurance cards, Optimal Solutions is monitoring the volume of returned mailings to diagnose the reasons for failed deliveries. The Optimal Analytics team uses beneficiary data from CMS’ Integrated Data Repository to validate data that was used for mailings and perform diagnostic analysis to understand the root cause of return. Continue reading at Medicare Part D Brief.


Organizational Website Content Assessment Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with Optimal from 2010 through 2014 to determine whether the content that appears on websites for Medicare prescription drug Part D plans meets the compliance requirements established in the annual Medicare Marketing Guidelines (MMGs). Optimal Analytics developed the Organizational Website Content Assessment Tool -- an interactive, online system to assess, score, analyze, and report the results of the plans’ compliance with MMGs requirements in real time. This tool allowed the project management team to review the quality of the data collection by evaluating the concordance rates for reviewers, plans, and requirements in real time. The tool also displayed tables and graphs for the descriptive and univariate analyses live, as websites were being reviewed. The findings and detailed documentation for the reviews provided by the tool were used each year by CMS to send noncompliance letters to failed plans.