Introduction to the DaSy Data Governance and Management Toolkit

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Data Governance is the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, quality, and security of data. Data governance is both an organizational process and a structure. It establishes responsibility for data, organizing program area/agency staff to collaboratively and continuously improve data quality through the systematic creation and enforcement of policies, roles, responsibilities, and procedures (from the DaSy Glossary).


What is the DaSy Data Governance and Management Toolkit?

The DaSy Data Governance and Management Toolkit is a resource containing information, guidance, and templates to assist Part C and Part B 619 program staff with creating or enhancing their data governance policies and procedures. The toolkit complements and addresses quality indicators within the DaSy Data System Framework.

Why is data governance important to Part C and Part B 619 Programs?

As state agencies increasingly use data for multiple purposes (e.g., administrative operations, reporting, monitoring, continuous program improvement, informing state policy issues) it is essential that they have clear policies and procedures about the availability, usability, integrity, quality, and security of the data. Clear data governance policies and procedures are needed at the state level to manage the Part C and Part B 619 data and how the data are used. Of particular importance, stewardship of personally identifiable information requires comprehensive Part C and Part B 619 data governance.

Will the toolkit be useful for different state structures?

The toolkit in intended to assist Part C and Part B 619 programs with different types of existing or proposed governance structures:

  • In some states, the Part C or Part B 619 programs may have stand-alone data governance.
  • In some states, the Part C or Part B 619 programs are contained within a larger data governance structure (e.g., Part B 619 program within a general education governance structure or a Part C program embedded within a health or other lead agency data governance structure).

What types of information are included in the toolkit?

The toolkit is organized into the following sections:

What do the toolkit sections contain?

Each section contains:

  • Overview: A short description of the data governance topic covered in the section and how it applies to Part C and Part B 619 programs;
  • Considerations: Questions that will help programs draft policies and procedures for that data governance and management topic;
  • Template: A downloadable template (in Microsoft Word) for creating policies and procedures related to that topic.
  • (Planned) State Examples: As state examples are found relevant to each data governance topic, and states agree to share them, they will be included.

How should the toolkit be used?

Sections of the toolkit are logically sequenced, although it is not necessary to complete them sequentially. Furthermore, because sections are independent of each other, states can use any section as needed and work on sections in any order. Starting with Section 1 (Purpose, Structure, Process) is recommended to ensure the state has the necessary infrastructure in place to support Part C and Part B 619 data governance.

It is essential that staff first review the data governance structure and policies of their larger state agency. Part C and Part B 619 programs do not operate independently of the state agency in which they are housed. Thus, the structure of any data governance already within an agency is of particular importance. To find out whether your state has a data governance body whose scope includes Part C or Part B 619 data please refer to the DaSy State of the States map.

This toolkit accommodates Part C and Part B 619 programs anywhere along a data governance continuum from “no existing data governance” to “one of many programs in, and governed by, an agency with functioning data governance policies and procedures.”

How can the toolkit be used in a state with no or limited data governance?

Where no, or nearly no, functioning data governance exists—related to Part C or Part B 619—the toolkit contains comprehensive resources for Part C or Part B 619 programs to establish a full set of policies. Such users are encouraged to review and use all sections of the toolkit.

  • Read each part of each section (overview, considerations, and template).
  • The overview establishes importance.
  • Considerations provides suggestions to help states determine how data governance should work in their program.
  • The template is fully editable and prepopulated with language to expedite writing policies. We recommend that you consult with relevant staff and stakeholders when developing these policies. Upon completing the template, be sure to follow your state’s processes for finalizing and enacting policy.

How can the toolkit be used in a state that already has many existing data governance policies and procedures?

Where data governance policies are in place, Part C or Part B 619 programs might need only to review them.

  • Use the consideration questions within applicable toolkit sections to ensure that they cover Part C or Part B 619 data governance needs.
  • Policies might need to be updated with specific references or provisions related to Part C or Part B 619.
  • In such cases where policies may need updating, the template in each section may be helpful in proposing language.

What if I need assistance completing the toolkit?

DaSy Center staff are available to provide states with assistance in using the toolkit and supporting states to develop or improve data governance policies and procedures.

Note: Updates to this toolkit will be posted as they become available. If you wish to be contacted when a new version is released, enter your email address in the “Keep Me Updated” form.