About the Data Stewards Network

Increasingly, the private sector is collaborating with the public sector and researchers on ways to use private-sector data and analytical expertise for public good. With these new practices of data collaborations come the need to reimagine roles and responsibilities to steer the process of using private data, and the insights it can generate, to address some of society’s biggest questions and challenges: Data Stewards.

Today, establishing and sustaining these new collaborative and accountable approaches requires significant and time-consuming effort and investment of resources for both data holders on the supply side, and institutions that represent the demand. By establishing Data Stewardship as a function, recognized within the private sector as a valued responsibility, the practice of Data Collaboratives can become more predictable, scaleable, sustainable and de-risked.

To find new ways to lower the high transaction costs to establish Data Collaboratives, The GovLab — with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — is advancing the concept and practice of Data Stewardship to promote responsible data leadership that can address the challenges of the 21st century.

Bookmark datastewards.net to learn about new insights, ideas and tools during the next few months, as well as the Data Steward of the Year Award program.

MAKING DATA COLLABORATIVES SUSTAINABLE, SYSTEMATIC AND RESPONSIBLE

Together with BrightFront Group and Adapt, we are:

  • Exploring the needs and priorities of current private sector Data Stewards who act as change agents within their firms. Responsible for determining what, when, how and with whom to share private data for public good, these individuals are critical catalysts for ensuring insights are turned into action.
  • Identifying and connecting existing Data Stewards across sectors and regions to create an online and in-person community for exchanging knowledge and best practices.
  • Developing methodologies, tools and frameworks to use data more responsibly, systematically and efficiently to decrease the transaction cost, time and energy currently needed to establish Data Collaboratives.

Are you a Data Steward? Do you help drive decision-making regarding if, when, and how to share the data your corporation or organization holds for the public benefit?

Are you interested in joining a community of practice and learn from your peers regarding their approaches for data sharing while sharing your expertise and experience?

Please contact datastewards@thegovlab.org to join the Network of Data Stewards.



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