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Reviewing, approving, and mandating requirements

Once a data content requirement has been drafted by a working group and Stats NZ, it goes through a review and approval process.


Once the draft data content requirement for a concept has been written, it is published online on the register of government data content requirements and people have the opportunity to comment or provide feedback.

Register of government data content requirements

At the same time Stats NZ sends it to the Challenge Review Committee, a technical review committee made up of 21 organisations from across the New Zealand government.

The Challenge Review Committee has 6 weeks to review the data content requirement then provide written feedback to Stats NZ.

During the consultation we ask the 21 organisations on the Challenge Review Committee to respond with a clear 'endorse/do not endorse' for each data content requirement. We also state that if they do not respond by the close of submission date, we will assume they have no feedback and endorse the requirement.

Stats NZ collaborates with the original working group or key expert for each data content requirement to ensure that all feedback is addressed. Once we have achieved majority support from the Challenge Review Committee for each requirement, we prepare the requirement to be presented to the Approval Board.

Approval and mandating

The Approval Board, made up of 15 government organisations, is introduced to the reviewed requirement through an introductory report and initial face-to-face meeting. They are then given 4 weeks to consider the report and the standards.

If the proposed data content requirement, and process to date, gain majority support from the Approval Board, the requirement will go to the Government Chief Data Steward for their sign-off and to be mandated.

An on-going support and maintenance programme ensures requirements remain fit for purpose.

Co-designing requirements across government

Government Chief Data Steward

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Last updated 30 April 2020