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Data Strategy

Develop the strategy to create a data-informed culture
Watching Video Lecture
Outline your data vision
Plan your new data-informed culture
Communicate your changes
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Data Strategy

Support to outline how you’ll manage, govern and use your data

Have you gained the investment to create a data-informed culture, and now need to outline how you’ll deliver it?


Now we turn what you've learned from your Business Case into a complete data strategy. This roadmap will show you how to approach data to align it to your institution’s goals, including:

  • A clear vision for how your data aligns with your institution’s strategies

  • The approach for managing, governing, and deriving value from data assets

  • An approach to communicate the changes effectively with key decision makers 


By making your strategy clear, you’ll gain the pathway to a successful implementation


Your practical, tailored & measurable roadmap

  • Gain a vision for how your data will support your institution's goals
  • Promote a culture where data is value, trusted and used
  • Communicate the benefits data can bring to your institution
  • Define the priority of your data to fit your institution's priorities
  • Connect your institution through its data seamlessly
  • Evaluate your data success to demonstrate your strategy's impact
  • Outline the steps, milestones and resources needed for success.

What's included?

Four collaborative sessions (2 in-person and 2 virtual)

These sessions with our experts will help you to:

  • Better understand the value of data and how it can be used to achieve your goals

  • Assess your institution's current data maturity

  • Develop a data strategy that is aligned with your institution's overall goals

  • Create a roadmap for implementing your data strategy

  • Communicate your data strategy to key stakeholders

A clear vision, actionable plan, and effective communication strategy

We’ll create a plan for your data based on the insights gained from the collaborative sessions. The plan will recognise and enable your institution’s wider short and long term goals.

Support from ConnectED's team of experts

The ConnectED team will be there to support you throughout the process, from developing your data strategy to implementing it.

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The questions your strategy will answer

Why are we making this change?

This section helps you articulate the reasons for the shift towards a data-informed culture. It guides you in making a compelling case for change and aligning this change with the strategic intent of your institution. It also helps you identify the data needed to enable and support this change, and the relationships that need to be deepened.

What’s the vision for our data?

This section helps you define your aspirations for data at your institution. It guides you in choosing your priorities, setting out a compelling end state, and thinking strategically about your data. It also helps you envision what will be different and how that will feel, and who is included in this vision.

What value will data bring?

This section helps you target the benefits of your data strategy. It guides you in identifying the capabilities you will have, the benefits you will see, who and how they will be received, how this will differentiate you, and why the benefits will be sustained.

What principles guide how we treat our data?

This section helps you manage data as an asset. It guides you in identifying the principles you need, how they will be applied, who will be responsible for them, and what happens if they are ignored.

What is the scope and reach of our data?

This section helps you set the boundaries and assign priority to your data. It guides you in defining the scope of your vision, what data is included, which stakeholders will be involved, and what you will do first.

How do we align our data practices?

This section helps you spend your data budget wisely. It guides you in identifying what you are aligned to, how you will continue to show value, how you will remain relevant, how you get involved, and how you work with others.

How will we measure our success?

This section helps you track your progress. It guides you in identifying how you are measured, who sets your strategic priorities, when and why you course correct, and what KPIs you can link to.

What is our data culture?

This section helps you define the behaviours for a data culture. It guides you in identifying your data culture, how you communicate it, who are the mentors, what investments are needed, who is involved and what they need, and how you assess the impact.

What do we do next?

This section helps you build a sustainable data capability. It guides you in operationalising the strategy, creating your communications plan, developing your training and development plan, making the strategy sustainable, and identifying who will be accountable.

Director of Data and Insight, University College London

Alex worked with us on developing a data strategy and data governance operating model. By necessity our communications and workshops were remote and “virtual, but Alex’s attention to detail, ability to explain complex concepts simply, and his sheer experience and depth of knowledge of data and governance were invaluable in helping us make progress and plan our implementation. Alex understands how HE works, and can suggest how to overcome roadblocks, and avoid the pitfalls of particular approaches. His experience makes him a respected voice of authority. He is generous with his time and knowledge – and he is fun to work with.

Explore our range of services


Market Research & analysis

Helps you understand your data better by providing real-world insights as to where your institution is on its data readiness pathway and helps to inform the solutions and strategies you need.


Data Vision

Helps your institution craft a comprehensive Data Vision that clarifies the role of data in achieving strategic aims, ensuring that your data assets are not just managed but are actively driving progress and innovation.


Data Evolution

Helps empower your teams and enhance your data governance operating model for sustained success. We provide support, mentoring, templates, and data monitoring routines to ensure effective data management that aligns with your institution's goals. By engaging stakeholders, we help build capacity and foster a data-driven culture within your organisation.


Business Case Development

Helps equip you to have the right conversations that drive understanding of the value in data, its alignment to your institution’s overall objectives, and helps drive momentum for investment of data initiatives.



Helps put your Data Strategy into action, establishing data governance and promoting guardianship, and creating a data-driven culture for sustainable ongoing improvement across your institution. Receive a plan to action yourself or get ongoing support from our team.

Let's join your data dots to create the environment for success

Your institution’s data should be comprehensive, trustworthy, and easy to access.

So everyone can work to create the environment for success.

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