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Data Management Program

Why create this program?

While some WSU data moves through large, centralized systems and is stored centrally, much of it is siloed and difficult to access.

It can be hard to report on and analyze data from multiple sources, and even harder to visualize that data in a way that helps leaders gain clear insights. Through anecdotes and survey responses from hundreds of employees, we know we have plenty of room to improve. 

Looking forward

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Data-informed decision-making is a critical part of realizing WSU’s mission and strategic goals.

To achieve success, we need to put in place structures and guidelines. The Data Management Program will drive innovation and efficiency in reporting, analytics, and data management for all WSU stakeholders.  
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We will take a holistic approach to managing data and analytics system-wide.

Together, we will build a future where everyone at WSU has the knowledge and tools they need to access, store, share, and transform data to make informed decisions. 

The following goals have been identified to ensure WSU builds a strong foundation for stakeholders across the university throughout this program.  

GoalsHow will this program help WSU achieve its goals?
Access: All stakeholders will be able to easily access the data they need to do their jobs. Remove barriers to access. 
Reduce reliance on shadow systems and siloed databases. 
Accuracy: Employees trust that data is accurate, reliable, high-quality, and secure. Create updated policies to ensure clearly defined roles and responsibilities around data. 
Increase transparency and efficiency in processes for managing data, analysis, and access. 
Action: WSU will use data in proactive decision-making and planning to generate actionable insights that will enhance efficiency and advance strategic goals at all levels. Increase data literacy throughout the system. 
Enhance and increase training opportunities to strengthen analytics capabilities at all levels of the institution. 
Reduce duplicative efforts to better align data analytics with system priorities.