My clients often ask me for best practices when it comes to “cleaning” data. I’ve written an entire book on data management. One of the best ways to clean your database is to deactivate or delete records that are no longer useful.
Here are three suggestions I recommend to any association for identifying which individual and organization records to get rid of:
Data accretes over time, like stalagmites and stalactites. This kind of data cleaning is necessary periodically, ideally done once per year. “Throwing away” useless data helps to reduce screen noise and improve the staff’s experience in the database.