Effectively Coordinating Data Roles to Optimize Data Maturity: The Case of the Department of Education


The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (including the OPEN Government Data Act) created new data governance dynamics within agencies by requiring agencies to designate the Statistical Officials, the Evaluation Officers, and the Chief Data Officers. These three officials are responsible for the best practices that support the maturity of an agency’s use of data. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) built a data-centric culture and is working to expand the use of data stewardship across the agency. From rulemaking to the establishment of monitoring systems and processes, data from a variety of sources must be acquired, managed, and governed from a variety of institutions and agencies. The Department of Education is an example of an agency actively coordinating across data activities to improve government programs and policies.

This webinar discussed the key ingredients required to optimize data maturity within an organization and hear firsthand from the Department of Education leaders about their journey.


Greg Fortelny

Chief Data Officer, Department of Education

Barry Levine

Director Federal Healthcare & Civilian Strategic Programs, Veritas Technologies LLC

Kathy Stack

Former Deputy Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor Programs, White House OMB

Matt Soldner

Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation and Chief Evaluation Officer, Department of Education

James “Lynn” Woodworth

Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics, Department of Education




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