The majority of our work developing data strategies is pulling together the disparate threads of a university into a compelling whole. This could include existing policies around sector regulation, information security, business intelligence, analytics allied to a focus on what the outcomes of the strategy need to be.
The strategy is shaped by setting the ‘rules of the road’ so being very clear and transparent about who is accountable for data, and how decisions are made to support improving the organisational data asset. We recommend senior sponsor writes a forward, so the strategy can be used to communicate the rationale of why data will be treated differently, and what this actually means in practice.
A good data strategy resonates with everyone in a university; be that students, academics, professional staff, boards or governors, etc. It should leave them with understanding why a change is needed, what their role is, how they should enact it and who they can ask for help.
All our strategies are accompanied by a detailed plan custom built for each university. This holds all the necessary steps to operationalise the strategy.