Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Understanding the types of data available, gaining access to the right data, and making sense of data are daunting tasks for most organizations as they develop a strategy to meet mission demands and enterprise-wide goals. Data is especially challenging for the Government, yet provides the opportunity for insight for leaders as they strategically move their agencies forward.

Legacy information technology systems, siloed organizations, and bureaucratic environments hinder effective use of data. Data analytics and visualization tools won’t matter if the Government does not start with the right data. Mission knowledge and the ability to really understand the questions you are asking of the data are the true differentiators.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to use data to evolve strategies, support real-time decision making, and address homeland security-related threats. For example, the new Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis will research how to effectively apply data techniques and provide education and professional development to DHS employees for improving data management and analysis.

Agencies can optimize their available data to develop ground-breaking strategies to improve mission outcomes using the following approach:

  • Inform Strategy with the Right Questions: Leaders must identify questions to address and prioritize their most urgent problem to shape strategy
  • Identify Reliable Data Sources: System, database, or otherwise standard-entry data is preferable, but not required. The success of a data collection effort hinges upon the willingness to work with available data to produce meaningful results
  • Cleanse and Wrangle Data: Appropriate transformation, cleansing, and repairs of data may include converting to analysis-friendly file formats and structure and scanning for inconsistencies. After applying initial data hygiene, datasets are more cohesive
  • Visualize Data for Leaders: Build strong, repeatable processes and implement automation to reduce both the time to decision, and the number of individuals or systems that touch the data. Using tools more geared toward presentation will optimize strategic decision making
  • Start Small, Share Stories: Start small on data projects – focus on specific programs or mission areas. Build on these successes to share case studies and best practices to create a culture of data-driven decision making

Agencies are collecting and analyzing more data than ever. By focusing on the key mission questions, agencies can exploit the data to help energize their workforce through data-focused insight. Without a focus on the mission, data projects may fall flat. Strategic data units that help use the data they have to help leaders make strategic, data-driven decisions have the power to transform how quickly the Government can react or change course.

With today’s data management and visualization techniques, agency leaders have a unique opportunity to explore their data more than ever before to set the stage for their strategic plans and priorities.

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Scott Harmon |

Scott brings over 16 years of experience in strategic and operational management consulting, IT strategic planning, organizational change management, and Information Technology (IT) solution expertise to the Federal Government. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certified program manager, he combines strategic thinking with disciplined approaches to help his clients achieve their goals.Prior to joining Arc Aspicio, he led large-scale technology implementation projects and achieved significant results for Federal Government and corporate clients, ensuring that day-to-day activities align with and support the organizational mission/vision.

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Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Understanding the types of data available, gaining access to the right data, and making sense of data are daunting tasks for most organizations as they develop a strategy to meet mission demands and enterprise-wide goals. Data is especially challenging for the Government, yet provides the opportunity for insight for leaders as they strategically move their agencies forward.