Good governance

Good governance

Last updated 4 February 2021
Last updated 4 February 2021

Advice for TEOs on the significance of having good data governance.

Data governance board

Good data ethics are supported by good governance, which requires commitment by senior leadership. A data governance board can help achieve this.

The data governance board develop and update the policy and procedures, ensure they are being followed and make decisions about what can and can’t be done. Ideally it would include one or more members of the executive leadership team, and senior members of staff.

Requests for high-level and sensitive data can be escalated to the board for approval and the proposals decided in relation to your TEO’s strategic plan, values and mission statement.

Your risk and assurance model and PIAs should be used to assist decision making.

Your data analytics processes should align with your risk and assurance policy and strategic direction, comply with Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, and be ethical and lawful.

Regular reviews of reports and evaluations into interventions can assess data quality and effectiveness. You should regularly evaluate methodologies to help detect and minimise the risk of misinterpretation and over-analysis of data.

A governance framework for the ethical use of student data analytics © Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 2020

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