University of Wisconsin–Madison

Our Mission

Purpose and Vision

In aligning with the priorities established for the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the mission of the Data Governance Program is to allow for and facilitate campus-wide data-driven decision making.

The Program seeks to:

  • identify what data sources exist today and/or what data sources should UW-Madison capture
  • define who within UW-Madison are responsible and accountable for the management of that data.

The scope of our Data Governance Program can be visually defined by the Data Governance Framework.

Goals and Objectives

The goals of our Data Governance Program are:

  • Establish a ‘data-quality culture’ that drives data-driven decision making
  • Create Structured Accountability, with defined roles and responsibilities
  • Facilitate Collaboration & Education related to data-related policies and use of data
  • Facilitate standard, consistent data definitions where appropriate

Guiding Principles

The following are the guiding principles to support the mission of our Data Governance Program:

  • Transparency
    • It should be clear how and when decisions are made and processes are created
    • Decisions and processes should be audited to support compliance-based requirements
  • Metrics-driven
    • We should monitor how we are doing against our goals and report back appropriately
  • Consistency
    • All decisions should be applied consistently
  • Stewardship
    • While there are formal stewardship roles defined, it is the responsibility of all campus staff to protect individual privacy
  • Accountability
  • Agility
    • All processes should be able to adapt when appropriate
  • Change Management
    • New processes will require a concerted effort in managing change among campus staff