Instructor-Facilitated Courses → Data Management

Foundations of Data Governance Structures (DM 203.4)


START DATE: October 30, 2019
- Duration: 4 Weeks
- Expected time commitment: up to 5 hours per week, on average
- Course Kickoff virtual live session: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Time: 3 p.m ET.
- Weekly virtual live sessions: 1 hour each week during the course, each Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, starting November 05, 2019.
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This online course developed by the Center for Government Excellence will provide an introduction to data governance principles and structures in government. Participants will gain practical experience in strengthening data management practices and developing or elevating a data governance structure to improve policy making, service delivery, and data-informed decision making.
Through this course, you will:
- Envision a sustainable data governance structure
- Understand the foundational elements of a data governance plan
- Know how to implement a data governance plan
This course aligns with the following What Works Cities Certification Criteria focused on Data Governance. The full list of criteria can be found at

- Your local government maintains a detailed and comprehensive data inventory that makes its data more discoverable and accessible.
- Your local government maintains a documented list of data governance responsibilities and meets at least quarterly to carry out those responsibilities.
- Your local government has and carries out documented policies or practices to improve data quality.
- Your local government has documented policies or practices to protect privacy and confidentiality.

  • About the course
  • Meet Your Instructors
  • Introduction to Data Governance
  • Welcome to the Course!
  • Course Syllabus
  • Course Assignments and Due Dates
  • Course Readings and Resources (Complete list)
  • Virtual Live Sessions: How to Join, Schedule and Recordings
  • How to navigate your online course
  • Week 1 - Fundamentals of Data Governance
  • Week 2 - conceptualizing data governance and building buy-in
  • Week 3 - Developing a data governance structure
  • Week 4 - Implementing and Assessing Your Data Governance Structure
  • Final Assignment Submission 100d
  • SUBMIT Week 4 Assessment - Data Governance Pitch
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever