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What is data governance?

Data governance is the exercise of decision making to deliver insights and value from data, and to mitigate data related organisational risks.

In most data management frameworks and literature, data governance is viewed as the single most important factor in an organisation’s ability to derive value from data.​

We find it helpful to talk about governance as the strategic layer that focusses on how insights and value will be derived from data.

This means it is the job of business executives and business process managers, as well as technology and data analytics executives and teams. To succeed, it requires senior executives to engage with critical questions about their organisation’s data assets.

But how do you make it work??????????????????????????????????

Emerging thinking about data governance promotes ‘data democratisation’ – giving everyone in an organisation a role in governance processes and making data quality part of everyone’s job (Laura Madsen is the most thoughtful and persuasive advocate for this approach).

…………..tailoring the sequence and pace of improvements to suit their context and resourcing, and making change management and communication activities a substantial stream of their data governance work.