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Data governance is an essential capability for any public sector organisation wanting to manage its data effectively, improve its quality and usability, and control its security and access. Organisations are under increased pressure to get user, regulatory and legal data right.

Effective data governance is vital in addressing key challenges and puts the main responsibility for data where it rightly belongs – with the organisation and not with IT.

Attend this one day Data Governance: A Practical Guide course to gain a thorough understanding of the importance of data governance. Learn how to implement or improve a successful data governance framework that allows your organisation to make more informed decisions, reduce risk and increase trust in your data.

Leave the day with a data governance roadmap ready to put into action.

Key Topics include:

  • What is data governance?
  • Why is it increasingly a ‘must have’ for any public sector organisations?
  • Building the business case for data governance
  • How and where do you start to introduce data governance
  • What are the main components of a successful data governance initiative?
  • How can you revitalise or recover a faltering data governance programme?
  • Creating the data governance roadmap
  • What benefits can you expect and how do you measure them?
  • Your role in data governance – how to prepare yourself to succeed

Note that this course will help you whether you are new to data governance or already working as part of an existing data governance team or programme.

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Nigel Turner
Information Management Consultant - Global Data Strategy Ltd

Nigel has worked in data management for over 25 years.  This experience has embraced Data Quality, Data Governance, Information Strategy, Master Data Management, & Business Intelligence.  He is currently Principal Information Management Consultant, EMEA for Global Data Strategy Ltd, an international data consultancy where he delivers consulting and training to variety of organisations in government, retail, manufacturing, education, insurance, non-profit and others.

Nigel spent much of his early career in British Telecommunications Group (BT) where he led a series of enterprise wide data quality & data governance initiatives which brought large benefits to BT. He also created and ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise why data governance is a ‘must have’ capability for any public sector organisation
  • Assess the readiness of your organisation for data governance
  • Align a data governance proposal and initiative with your key organisational & departmental drivers
  • Identify and apply the six necessary components of a proven data governance framework
  • Create an initial roadmap of activities to ensure your data governance programme succeeds
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

09:45 - 11:00

Data Governance:  Definitions, Context & Drivers

  • The changing data landscape
  • Recent data disasters & horrors
  • Current & future data challenges
  • The overall industry impact of poorly governed data
  • Definition & key objectives of data governance
  • The centrality of data governance in data management
  • A call for action
11:00 - 11:15

Morning break

11:15 - 11:45

Data Governance: A Structured Approach

  • Why data governance can fail
  • Key components of success – overcoming the barriers
  • A Data Governance Framework – overview
  • Plotting the journey – Assessing data governance maturity
11:45 - 13:00

Applying the Data Governance Framework (1)

  • Vision & Strategy
    • Creating a clear data governance vision
    • Understanding business drivers
    • Identifying key data challenges
    • Building the business case for Data Governance
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Applying the Data Governance Framework (2)

  • Organisation & People
    • Organising for data governance – industry model structures
    • The pros & cons of each model
    • Required teams, roles & skills
    • Deciding on the right model for any specific organisation
  • Processes & Workflows
    • Data governance & business process design & operation
    • Analysing business processes
    • Designing data governance processes & workflows
    • Data governance processes outlined
  • Data Management & Measures
  • The importance of measurement in data governance
  • What to measure & how to measure it – the importance of data definition
  • Establishing baselines and improvement targets
  • Creating and running data improvement projects
  • Tracking and sustaining the benefits
  • Culture & Communications
  • The importance of selling data governance
  • Cultural change & data governance
  • Key skills & competencies required
  • Communications strategies and plans
  • Tools & Technology
    • The role of IT in data governance
    • Potentially useful tools for data governance
    • Making the case for new tools & technologies
15:30 - 15:45

The Data Governance Roadmap

  • Bringing it all together – the data governance roadmap
  • Hints & tips for developing roadmaps
  • Implementing and managing the roadmap
15:45 - 16:00

Summary & Suggested Next Steps

  • Recap of seminar objectives
  • Summary key learning points
  • Potential next steps and call for action
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close


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“Lynn's approach to teaching this subject was ideal, I particularly appreciated her openness about challenges we all face as DPO's and her willingness to work collaboratively with delegates in her offering to point us towards helpful materialsto support our work. I really enjoyed the course and found it extremely helpful for my ongoing development as a DPO"
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