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Data Stewards Network

How can the potential value of privately held data be unlocked and used for public good?

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    Governance Area
  • National Governance Regional Governance Municipal Governance Global Governance
  • Institution Type
  • Corporate/Business International Organizations Government Public Sector
  • Innovative Capability
  • Expert Networks Data Collaboratives Data Stewardship Data Responsibility
  • Product Category
  • Network Platform Event/Workshop


Increasingly, the private sector is collaborating with the public sector and researchers on ways to use private-sector data and analytical expertise for public good. With these new practices of data collaborations come the need to reimagine roles and responsibilities to steer the process of using private data, and the insights it can generate, to address some of society’s biggest questions and challenges. Today, establishing and sustaining these new collaborative and accountable approaches requires significant and time-consuming effort and investment of resources for both data holders on the supply side, and institutions that represent the demand.






By establishing Data Stewardship as a function, recognized within the private sector as a valued responsibility, the practice of Data Collaboratives can become more predictable, scaleable, sustainable and de-risked. The GovLab is launching a first-of-its-kind Data Stewards Network, bringing together responsible data leaders from across corporations to share knowledge and jointly advance a new, more professionalized approach for data collaboration. Together with BrightFront Group and Adapt, we are:

  • Exploring the needs and priorities of current private sector Data Stewards who act as change agents within their firms. Responsible for determining what, when, how and with whom to share private data for public good, these individuals are critical catalysts for ensuring insights are turned into action.
  • Identifying and connecting existing Data Stewards across sectors and regions to create an online and in-person community for exchanging knowledge and best practices.
  • Developing methodologies, tools and frameworks to use data more responsibly, systematically and efficiently to decrease the transaction cost, time and energy currently needed to establish Data Collaboratives.
  • Team

    Stefaan Verhulst

    Andrew Young

    Ayushi Roy

    Alexandra Shaw

    Michelle Winowatan