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Data Futures – Data Capability template

By |2018-10-06T20:18:57+01:00October 5th, 2018|Concepts and Templates|

The Data Capability toolkit originally developed in the HEDIIP programme is now hosted at HESA: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/support/tools/data-capability. The template we've provided here is a version tweaked to get your started with Data Futures. We have added a set of objectives, issues, aspirations and gaps which reflect the challenges and opportunities which come with a successful implementation of in-year reporting. This template has been used in a detailed form for a number of universities to develop their Data Futures scope and plan.

Higher Education Capability Model – the basics

By |2018-10-06T20:12:07+01:00October 5th, 2018|Concepts and Templates|

These are the basic documents for the generic UK Higher Education Capability Model. These outputs are taken from the published UCISA EA CoP:   In future templates, there will be a number of 'how to' articles so it's useful to store a copy here for you to refer too. T The three files are: Capability Model: This is the generic model developed by the EA group. It will require customising for your university. That customisation is dependant on what you want to do with it, and what kind/size of institution you are. Capability Definitions: Each capability has an associated definition. There [...]

Higher Education Data Governance Framework

By |2018-10-06T20:13:44+01:00October 5th, 2018|Concepts and Templates|

This template is a powerpoint slide. It is the basis of a framework for a Data Governance accountability matrix and operating model. Many of the other templates will reference this model as it has been designed  and implemented specifically for UK universities. The main features are: Business ownership of data. This is shown by the key business roles of Data Owner, Steward, Producer and Consumer all being held within the areas of subject matter expertise (roles and responsivities will be covered in more detail in a future template) Clear lines of accountability. The owners set the policy based on the university [...]

Outlne Data Governance Activities

By |2018-10-06T12:59:27+01:00October 4th, 2018|Concepts and Templates|

This is not an exhaustive list of all data governance activities you may wish to undertake. Rather it is a set of themes that are generally involved in implementing successful data governance. Each university needs to look at their own requirements, priorities, current state of maturity, resources and budget and senior management buy-in to understand which activities are most important, and in which order. The four themes are: Data Strategy and Policy: How to build the 'rules of the road' for data and showing how this approach visibly supports the wider objectives Development of a framework: What will data governance look [...]

Data Governance Interview by Nicola Askham

By |2018-10-06T10:29:32+01:00September 23rd, 2018|What I've done|

Alex has worked with over fifty UK universities, most of the sector agencies including University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and a host of practitioners in the Higher Education (HE) sector. Alex designed and developed the HEDIIP data capability framework, led the team to create the HESA in-year collection model and designed both a sector level and a HESA instance of a best practice data governance approach; and is currently working with universities to develop and implement their Data Governance frameworks, How long have you been working in [...]

Case Studies

By |2018-10-05T15:37:37+01:00August 30th, 2018|Case Studies|

We're working on some case studies. We'll put a few options up in a blog post and get some feedback on which would be most useful to the community.

I think therefore I am….

By |2018-10-05T16:48:16+01:00August 30th, 2018|What I've done|

Sourced from the ever wonderful memegenerator.com … probably extremely frustrated. And, frankly on some kind of list, double underlined for wanton neologism and crimes against innocent nouns. There's a nebulous link between that frustration, and the argument I'll be advancing about Excel. Specifically, its widespread use as a records management system is symptomatic not causal. Context is everything here; Excel is clearly brilliant at what it's designed to do. From 20 cells to budget a weekly shop to complex multi-page epics forecasting global sales. Unfortunately, it's even more successful at what it wasn't designed for - a repository for [...]

Does Data Governance have an image problem?

By |2018-10-05T20:50:06+01:00July 15th, 2018|What I've done|

We need to talk about Colin. Data Governance is a damaged brand, apparently. The first word is mostly thought of as someone else’s problem while the second acts as an axiomatic proxy for tedious bureaucratic processes. If perception is indeed truth, the obvious solution is a vigorous re-brand to catch the zeitgeist of whatever is exercising those holding budgets and organisation priorities. This is exactly the same conversation we had – and are still having – around the value of Enterprise Architecture. Both suffer from definitional drift and a patchy history of visible delivery. The temptation [...]

Fractional Data Governance

By |2018-11-01T11:46:53+01:00June 5th, 2018|What I've done|

I’ve been asked whether there’s a similar data governance service to those offered in finance and IT.  The concept of a fractional IT or Finance director is well established, but I don’t know of anything formal within the Data Governance space.  I  would consider a number of my professional colleagues and myself to already offer this service, but we’ve never called it that.  So it seemed sensible to try and rough out what that might be and how it might operate. I’m very interested to get feedback and questions on whether this makes sense and/or there would be a demand for [...]