A data maturity assessment is a method available to public bodies to assist them in improving data, data management and its governance. It is used to:
- assess the current state of data in an organisation, and
- define the desired or target state for data in an organisation
By undertaking a data maturity assessment, a PSB can generate a better understanding of data across the organisation, ensure best practice and optimise the use of data. It can provide a foundation for the development of strategies, roadmaps, plans, and actions to reach a target state for data.
This advice note aims to defines a standard data maturity framework for use across the public service, and recommends that PSBS with significant volume of data undertake such an assessment. The advice note is accompanied by a step-by-step guide and some sample questions to assist PSBs in carrying out a data maturity assessment.