Resource Guide to Data Governance and Security

October 16, 2018

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)

L ocal data intermediaries in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) have a shared mission to help local stakeholders use neighborhood data for better decisionmaking and community building. To accomplish this mission, NNIP partners create useful indicators at relevant geographies for their communities from surveys and administrative data sources. Building and maintaining a reputation for handling data carefully, protecting confidentiality, and interpreting data thoughtfully and accurately are essential to ensuring a data intermediary’s long-term sustainability.

This guide aims to provide resources and advice from the experiences of those in the NNIP network and other related organizations on developing a strong data governance program and protecting the security of confidential data. Though developed for the organizations participating in NNIP, known as data intermediaries, the guide is useful to any organization that uses secondary data, especially those who have sensitive
or confidential information about people or businesses.

The first part of this document explains data governance processes, roles and accountability, and who is accountable at an organization for data governance. The remaining chapters cover three important parts of a data governance program: protecting privacy and human subjects, data security, and the data life cycle. In each chapter, NNIP provides introductory comments that highlight key resources or experiences and a curated set of resources on the topic.

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