What’s on Your Mind?
I received over 200 responses to the survey. The issues raised are similar to years past, but there were some significant differences, as well.
A couple of items that jumped out at me:
The results look like this:
Rate your data
The second question the survey asked was the following: “On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the effectiveness of your organization’s data management (Note: This is how you would rate your organization, not how you think your organization compares to others.)”
No one rated themselves perfect, but nearly 40% of the respondents rated themselves pretty good or better.
On the flip side, 17% of associations rated themselves pretty bad to awful!
And just over 40% rated their data management as “good enough.”
So in the main, most associations (over 80%) feel like they are doing “good enough” or “pretty good” with their data management. At the same time, nearly 20% feel like they are doing pretty bad or awful. So there is still a lot of room for improvement.
As I’ve written many times before, data management is a process, not an event. This requires associations to be vigilant in their data management. It means having the right people, processes, and technology in place to ensure that our data is managed effectively and is of high quality. Ultimately, that the data is useful and can help the organization advance its mission.
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