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DGI Data Governance Framework Components

The pages in this section describe each of the 10 universal components of a Data Governance program. Regardless of the focus of your program, it will include each of these components to some extent, although the emphasis of each component will vary according to your program’s objectives.

One way to organize these components is by looking at WHY your program exists, WHAT it is doing, WHO is involved in your efforts, and HOW they are performing processes to provide value to your organization. You can see this organization scheme in the graphic below.


Another way to look at your program is to consider

      • the RULES that your program is making (policies, requirements, standards, accountabilities, controls, etc.) and the RULES of ENGAGEMENT that describe how different groups work together to make those rules and enforce them
      • THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONAL BODIES involved in making and enforcing those rules, and
      • THE PROCESSES that these people follow to govern data, while creating value, managing cost and complexity, and ensuring compliance.


This schema is also represented in the graphic below, as well as in the list of Data Governance components.

Rules and Rules of Engagement

1.    Mission and Vision
2.     Goals, Governance Metrics and Success Measures, and Funding Strategies
3.     Data Rules and Definitions
4.     Decision Rights
5.     Accountabilities
6.     Controls

People and Organizational Bodies

7.     Data Stakeholders
8.     A Data Governance Office
9.     Data Stewards


10.    Proactive, Reactive, and Ongoing Data Governance Processes


Data Governance Framework from The DGI

DGI Data Governance Framework Image


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