Data Governance is difficult. Not least because no one really knows what it is. It suffers continental drift in terms of definition. Worse still the activities, outcomes and benefits of a robust, transparent and best practice data governance framework are rarely articulated or understood.
The biggest problem with realising any benefits is -while data may be postulated an asset – it does not have the same clarity of ownership, organisational structure, cultural behaviours and trained staff compared to other assets such as staff, finance and estates.
This makes designing, communicating, educating, implementing and sustaining data governance across an entire university quite a challenge. This lack of formal data governance qualifications and practitioner organisations make finding people who can do this equally difficult.
Hence the need for ‘fractional data governance‘. A good way to think of this is to consider how you would move house. Generally you’ll get advice to help you choose a new home, you’ll employ professionals in conveyancing, removals, etc. and you’ll have a set of processes to deal with changes of address, etc.
That’s what this is. A set of building blocks to get you started, and a simple framework to embed the necessary changes in culture and behaviour.