If data is to be considered institutional wide, it must be supported by a strategy for how it is to be shared, governed and managed
There is no single strategy that will fit every institution, but these headers can be considered as a template.
A compelling vision for data
The business context of how data will be used
Definition of what successful execution of the strategy will look like
Definition of how success will be measured
Definition of the capabilities (people, process, data, technology) required to execute the strategy
Definition of the data principles to guide the strategy
Definition of the data architecture that will underpin the strategy
Definition of the data governance that will assure the strategy
The roles and responsibilities of those who will make it happen
The strategy should remain high level and should offer context and guidance to support decision making and impact analysis.
Below is a draft data strategy. It sets out the vision, aims and scope of managing data for an institution. It also contains a set of core principles and summarised best practice for data governance. This should be considered a reference NOT a template for your institution. A data strategy can only be effective if it is aligned to the objectives of that institution and can be relevant to all data audiences at all levels. Please get in touch if you would like help developing your strategy.