Research Report NNIP's Resource Guide to Data Governance and Security
Leah Hendey, Amanda Gold, Kathryn L.S. Pettit
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Any organization that collects, analyzes, or disseminates data should establish formal systems to manage data responsibly, protect confidentiality, and document data files and procedures. In doing so, organizations will build a reputation for integrity and facilitate appropriate interpretation and data sharing, factors that contribute to an organization’s long-term sustainability.

To help groups improve their data policies and practices, this guide assembles lessons from the experiences of partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership network and similar organizations. The guide presents advice and annotated resources for the three parts of a data governance program: protecting privacy and human subjects, ensuring data security, and managing the data life cycle. While applicable for non-sensitive data, the guide is geared for managing confidential data, such as data used in integrated data systems or Pay-for-Success programs.

Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Tags Pay for success National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Data and technology capacity of nonprofits
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center