Information and data management strategies need to address the full data life cycle, including planning, collection, creation, organization, use, storage, dissemination and disposal. Strategic planning related to data and information management can ensure that transitions to new data sources and adoption of new technologies are accomplished in a coordinated fashion. Key information and data management strategies include:

  • Developing a well-defined data governance structure to improve policy development and to inform decision making
  • Establishment of architecture and standards to ensure consistency across the organization
  • A plan for deployment of systems and processes for data integration to ensure implementation proceeds smoothly and involves all stakeholders
  • Efforts to ensure universal data access across the agency to reduce collection cost and ensure data consistency
  • Incorporating new methods for data analysis and visualization to better portray progress
  • Consistent management of records and content, incorporating search capabilities to facilitate data access

The capabilities that are built through these strategies include:

  • The capability to adopt and fully integrate new technologies
  • The capability to use data to inform decision making, relying on new ways to visualize trends and communicate performance
  • The capability to identify and evaluate levels of risk