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Data Vision

Develop the vision for data that aligns everyone to the outcomes of your organisation’s
data-driven future
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Craft your
Data Vision
Align your data with your
strategic mission
Set yourself on a path for
data success
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Data Vision

Bring your business case to life with a powerful Data Vision, helping you to communicate the value, fit & opportunity of data across the spectrum of your higher education activity

When making the business case for data, do you struggle to articulate its value to senior stakeholders? Is it hard to explain precisely how data can support each department and team to respond to regulations or reach your institution’s strategic aims?

Our Data Vision helps you to join the dots between your data Business Case and Data Strategy — giving you a succinct vision you can take, own and articulate consistently to key decision makers.

The Data Vision helps your senior leadership teams agree on an end-goal for your data, outlining the iterative steps each must take along a clearly defined path for getting there. 

  • Paves the way for a future where data is a keystone for strategic decisions

  • Joins the dots between your data Business Case and Data Strategy for key stakeholders

  • Articulates the short & medium term attainable goals each key decision maker can accelerate with their data

  • Matures data literacy across your institution so you gain a strategic differentiator

  • Brings multiple stakeholders with different agendas together under a best practice approach to data

  • Illuminates the role of data in enhancing research and educational outcomes

  • Strengthens your institution’s data governance and literacy

By collaborating with ConnectED, your institution will take significant strides in shaping a data-centric culture that is robust, innovative, and sustainable.

An infographic showing how a data vision and data strategy leads to ongoing data success.
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Your pathway for a data-informed institution

  • Agree when, where, why & how data should work to support your institution’s strategy
  • Align on your institution's current data landscape to enable progression toward institutional goals
  • Decide how you’ll approve, execute & evolve your data to achieve your Data Vision
  • Know why & how your institution’s Data Vision underpins your wider long-term strategies
  • Agree the data culture you want to foster
  • Gain clarity on who is responsible for your institution’s data guardianship

What's included?

Our support helps you to create a tailored, impactful Data Vision that resonates with stakeholders, positioning data as pivotal for achieving your wider strategic aims.
A snapshot of your current data landscape

This will help you to understand where you stand with your current data use and challenges, so you can align on what good looks like moving forward.

A written Data Vision everyone can get behind

This will help you to articulate the vision consistently for how data can help your institution reach its goals, making sure that data use is a key part of your organisation’s success.

A detailed purpose and end goal of your data

This will emphasise how important data is for making smart decisions, sparking new ideas, and creating a wider impact.

A way to share the benefits of your data

This will outline your supportive, enabling, transparent and collaborative culture for working with data, like making different systems work together, making sure data is good quality, and helping everyone understand and use data better.

Your way to realise your vision

This is all about making your Data Vision realised by nominating Data Guardians who will inspire confidence in and advocate the utility of data across your organisation.

Your next steps

This will give you a clear list of actions to take to make your Data Vision a reality. Depending on the stage of your journey, we’ll help you craft your data’s Business Case or your institution’s Data Strategy.

The questions your data vision will clarify

What do we want to achieve through our data?

Outline your plan for evolving with data-driven insights so your institution can remain efficient, agile and innovative​​.

What values should guide our data?

Create the values that will guide your data usage, so you can use it as a tool for making effective decisions to  guide your strategic journey.

What should our data culture look like?

Align on your aim for a data culture where everyone trusts and constructively uses data, with utility in data use being prioritised  across all departments

Which skills are needed to make data usage easy?

Plot how you’ll enable continuous learning, equipping staff with the latest data skills to ensure data is used effectively by all​​.

How should data leadership be structured?

Agree who will act as your institution’s Data Guardians, spotting challenges and supporting data users with best practice to ensure seamless collaboration​​.

How does data support your institution’s strategy?

Ensure data-driven decisions can inspire and empower your colleagues and students while aligning with your future aims.

What impact will a Data Vision have on research and innovation?

See how data will provide insights into emerging research trends and help identify new areas for innovation​​.

Why now?

Analyse the urgency of adopting a Data Vision, weigh the risks of delay, and identify opportunities that may be expedited through data empowerment.

What do we do next?

Define the immediate steps, specify your requests, determine the critical responses, and prepare for the subsequent phase of your data journey.

Head of Student Systems, Queen's University Belfast

For a number of years we have worked with Alex developing our approach to HEDIIP. Alex was able to help us demonstrate the requirement for good data governance, making it accessible and relevant to senior stakeholders. We have continued to work together to develop and assure our data programmes including a detailed review of our Data Futures plan and approach. Alex is approachable, pragmatic and experienced in all areas of the management of data. Alex has an excellent understanding of how data is used in the HE sector and the opportunities good data management/governance can bring to Institutions.

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 Strategy

Helps you to develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for how data is used across your institution to drive decision-making, reduce operational costs, mitigate risk, establish data monitoring indicators, and achieve your goals alongside a data informed culture


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.

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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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