Pivotal Role of Policymakers as Leaders of P–20/Workforce Data Governance

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Pivotal Role of Policymakers as Leaders of P–20/Workforce Data Governance

While most states have established data governance processes that span the P–20W spectrum, the majority of states’ data governance structures lack the executive-level policymaker oversight necessary to systematically overcome these obstacles. Yet policymaker leadership is critical to garner the political will and resources to address the barriers of turf, trust, technical issues, and time. Policymakers can take the following actions to effectively develop and lead P–20W data governance and ensure that data systems meet stakeholder needs:

  • Establish the right structure
  • Select the right people
  • Empower the structure with the authority to make necessary decisions and implement charges
  • Ensure that the structure is sustainable, protecting the continuity of the state’s vision