EVENT — Data Stewardship in Action: Making Data Collaboratives Systematic, Sustainable and Responsible — Panel Discussion



There are many predictable, repeatable uses for data held and collected by the private sector that can transform public policy decisions or help to solve public problems. These traditionally untapped data assets have attracted growing interest from diverse public sector entities — from United Nations agencies to National Statistical Institutes — and the field of “data collaboratives” has slowly but steadily grown and evolved in recent years. Consistent access to privately held data has the potential to complement official and more conventional statistics, like determining progress toward achieving public-facing objectives, from national priority areas to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other targets. Today, establishing and sustaining these new collaborative and accountable approaches require significant and time-consuming effort and investment of resources for both data holders on the supply side, and institutions that represent the demand.

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. 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.

This panel will take stock and review existing efforts of data stewardship that seek to professionalize and systematize the cross-sector exchange of data to create new public value. In particular, panelists will consider:

  • the value proposition(s) of these emerging practices;
  • questions related to risks and mitigation strategies;
  • technical, legal, and cultural barriers and challenges;
  • tools and methodologies for creating an impact through data collaboration and stewardship;
  • best practices for achieving sustainability; and
  • innovative metrics of success and evaluation techniques, among other issues.

This interactive panel will be followed by a reception.