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Draft data stewardship toolkit

The Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) is building the foundation – the stewardship framework – to enable government to better manage and safely share New Zealand’s data.

The framework will be implemented through the data stewardship toolkit, which will help people and organisations to steward data effectively.

The toolkit will provide access to data stewardship guidance, resources, and tools from across the data system. The proposed structure reflects the elements of the data stewardship framework and the different layers of data stewardship in New Zealand (data system, organisations, datasets and individuals).

Stats NZ will collaborate across government to develop the toolkit, leveraging expertise and the good practices already used in many agencies.

Stats NZ will also deepen its understanding of the stewardship needs of organisations and agencies to help identify gaps in the toolkit and prioritise resource development.

Draft data stewardship framework

Government Chief Data Steward

Draft data stewardship framework and toolkit [PDF 217 KB]

What the toolkit might include

Below are some of the resources currently available or being developed, illustrating what the toolkit might include. (The PDF version of the toolkit displays this information in a table.)

Strategy and culture

A strategy that provides a shared vision and clear direction, and a data culture that enables strategy implementation and sustains good data stewardship practice.

What's available

What's being developed

  • Value proposition assessment tool (GCDS) – for organisations.


Rules and settings

Legislation, policies, principles, and sanctions providing boundaries and guiding how the data system should operate.

What's available

What's being developed


Roles, responsibilities, accountabilities

Governance structures, role definitions and expectations, and leadership.

What's available

What's being developed


Common standards

Consistent ways of describing and recording data to make sharing, comparing, and re-using data more efficient.

What's available

What's being developed

  • Data content standards (GCDS) – for the data system.
  • Education sector data standards (Ministry of Education) – for the data system.


Data capability and quality

Tools, processes, designs, metadata structures, and platforms for managing, storing, describing, and sharing data.

What's being developed

  • Data quality framework (GCDS) – for the data system.
  • National Health Information Platform (Ministry of Health) – for the data system.
  • Steady states data flow modelling (GCDS) – for organisations.
  • Data de-identification tool (GCDS) – for datasets.


People capability and literacy

Skills, knowledge, and services for accessing, managing, analysing, and communicating data and insights.

What's available

  • Supporting iwi data access (Stats NZ) – for organisations and individuals.

What's being developed

  • Data and analytics consultancy (GCDS) – for organisations.
  • Data capability framework (GCDS) – for organisations and individuals.
  • Redeveloped (Government Chief Digital Officer, GCDS) – for organisations and individuals.


Influence and advocacy

Effective relationships and networks to endorse, promote, and support good data practice.

What's available

  • Government Analytics Network – for the data system.
  • Data Iwi Leaders Group – for the data system.
  • Government data champions network (GCDS) – for the data system.

What's being developed

  • Establishing a data science campus (GCDS) – for organisations.


Monitoring and assurance

Assessing environmental trends and developments, measuring stewardship performance, and adapting the stewardship framework to respond to changing circumstances or new information.

What's available

What's being developed

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) action plan (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) – for the data system.

Tell us what you think

Help us refine the data stewardship toolkit.

  • What other resources (currently available or being developed) could be included in the toolkit?
  • What data stewardship challenges do you or your organisation currently face?
  • What resources would help you or your organisation better manage and use data?
  • What else would you like to know?

Email your feedback to or participate in our Loomio discussion.

Loomio discussion forum on data stewardship framework and toolkit