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Background and Context

A cross-government working party developed the plan, using a prioritisation framework. The development was overseen by the Information Group.

Where did the Data Investment Plan come from?

In June 2019 the Minister of Statistics asked the Government Chief Data Steward to develop a cross-agency Data Investment Plan (the Plan).

Data Investment Plan

How the plan was developed

A working group, representing more than 20 government agencies completed a stocktake of Essential Data Assets (EDA) and an assessment of their conditions to determine where gaps existed.

A Prioritisation Framework was developed, and applied to create a prioritised list of investment opportunities. This framework used criteria such as alignment with the goals of the Government Data Strategy and Roadmap, and the extent to which an initiative meets NZ’s enduring information needs. The development of the plan was overseen by the Information Group, a cross-agency group of senior leaders.

Feedback from other experts such as the Data Iwi Leaders Group and Te Mana Raraunga was also sought.

How has the GCDS offered Budget bid advice in the past?

In recent years, ministers and officials have sought the GCDS view on government investment in data.

In 2019, the Data Investment Framework was created to guide the way investment in the data system could be made to deliver to government priorities.

The Data Investment Plan builds on the Data Investment Framework. It provides a more detailed approach to strategic data asset needs for government and Iwi-Maori.

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Content last reviewed December 14 2021.