5/11/2019
Data Governance Framework
The framework is broken into the primary components of delivering a successful program and the levels of the organization to which the components of data governance must be applied. The detail of what is required to deliver a successful program occur where each level (row) is addressed for each component (column) in the framework.

The Levels of the framework are mostly people and authority-based. Many organizations use similar definitions when it comes to defining how they operate.

The Framework Levels are defined as:

  • Executive – Senior Leadership Team
  • Strategic – Business & Technology Management
  • Tactical – Subject Matter Expertise
  • Operational – Daily Job Function
  • Support – Functional Management
The Components of the framework are the core moving parts of governance in action for most organizations. The components focus on clear roles and responsibilities including how to resolve issues, engage, and communicate with each of the defined levels. The second to last component focuses on the definition of success and value for the data governance program, and the association of how and who to measure for these metrics.

The Framework Components are defined as:

  • Data – Assets Being Governed
  • Roles – Formal Accountability
  • Processes – Application / Enforcement
  • Communications – Education, Training and Awareness
  • Metrics – Measurements and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Tools – Artifacts Purchased & Developed
The Empty Framework

The matrix focuses on six core components of Data Governance described at each of five core levels of the organization. This version of the framework is left blank to make the point that, what makes the framework non-invasive in the first place, is how the cross-section of each component and level is planned, defined, developed and deployed across the organization.

The message being delivered by the empty framework is that this diagram does not demonstrate meaning to the organization unless each of the squares are filled in with nouns and verbs representing the path that will be taken to plan, define, develop, and deploy each of the core components at each of the respective levels.

The Completed Framework

The matrix cross-references each of the six core components of Data Governance with each of the five core levels of the organization. This version of the framework is completed with nouns and verbs to guide how each component and level is planned, defined, developed, and deployed across the organization.