Published3rd December 2020
Knowledge TypeGood Practice Document
Organisation, UK Government
The Government Data Quality Framework
The extent of the data quality problem within government is poorly understood. Work on data quality is often reactive and not evidence-based. Where quality problems have been identified, the symptoms are often treated instead of the cause, leading to ineffective improvements and wasted resources.
Government needs a more structured approach to understanding, documenting and improving the quality of its data. This framework provides that, through data quality work that is proactive, evidence-based and targeted. It presents a set of principles for effective data quality management, and provides practical advice to support their implementation. While there is no such thing as ‘perfect quality’ data, we must strive for a culture of continuous improvement. All public servants should understand why data quality is important, and feel able to proactively identify and address data quality issues.