The Fundamental

Role of Data Stewardship

in the Governance Model

Data stewardship is crucial for effective data governance, ensuring seamless collaboration across program levels for organizational coherence. Understanding this is key for successful initiatives.

A typical data governance operating model comprises multiple layers, each with distinct but interrelated roles and responsibilities.

The Data Governance Operating Model

At the top layer, senior management and decision-makers set direction, policies, goals, objectives, and Key Performance Indicators for driving the data governance strategy.

Strategic Level


The middle layer consists of data governance managers and coordinators that translate the strategic vision into actionable plans, overseeing day-to-day aspects and aligning initiatives with business goals.

Tactical Level


Data stewards and professionals execute policies, managing, maintaining, and optimizing data assets at the ground level.

Operational Level


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