TA 2. Innovations and synergies across different data ecosystems

(TA2.02) Data Stewardship in Action: Making Data Collaboratives Systematic, Sustainable and Responsible

Mofaic Hall October 22, 2018 9:00 am - 10:15 am

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Omar Seidu
Chaya Nayak
Claudia Juech
Kara Selke
Rami Hazime
Stefaan Verhulst
Sarah Lucas

There are many predictable, repeatable uses for data collected and held by the private sector that can transform how we make public policy decisions or seek to solve public problems. These traditionally untapped data assets have attracted growing interest from diverse public sector entities — from United Nations agencies to National Statistical Institutes — and the field of “data collaboratives” has slowly but steadily grown and evolved in recent years. Consistent access to privately held data has the potential to complement official and more conventional statistics used, for instance, to determine progress toward achieving public-facing objectives, from national priority areas to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other targets.

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.

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: Data Stewards. 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.

This session will take stock and review existing efforts of data stewardship that seek to professionalize and systematize the cross-sector exchange of data to create new public value. In particular, panelists will consider the value proposition(s) of these emerging practices; questions related to risks and mitigation strategies; technical, legal, and cultural barriers and challenges; tools and methodologies for creating an impact through data collaboration and stewardship; best practices for achieving sustainability; and innovative metrics of success and evaluation techniques, among other issues.

Audience participants will become familiar with data collaboratives between the public and private sectors, as well as corporate data steward practices through a concrete discussion focused on the creation of a data collaborative to solve a specific real-world problem.

They will also learn about challenges and demands to establish sustainable and meaningful partnerships involving corporate data and public good.

The session will provide an avenue for post- conference engagement with all participants interested in developing public-private data collaborative best practices.

In addition to sharing knowledge on tools, methodologies, and key questions related to data stewardship, the session will seek to inspire audience members to consider new data-driven approaches for solving public problems.

Our goal is to increase experimentation with new approaches for data collaboration and stewardship and leveraging the types of insights and tools discussed in the panel to decrease the transaction cost, time and energy currently needed to establish data collaboratives between the private and public sector.


  • Omar Seidu, Ghana Statistical Service
  • Chaya Nayak, Facebook
  • Claudia Juech, Cloudera Foundation
  • Kara Selke, Streetlight Data
  • Rami Hazime, DigitalGlobe
  • Stefaan Verhulst, The Governance Lab at New York University
  • Sarah Lucas, Hewlett Foundation (Moderator)