Data Governance Scan

Are you ready for a data transformation?

Data governance

Using data, governments and other organisations can achieve enormous value, such as spectacular efficiency increases and substantial improvements in citizen service levels, and more governments are realising this. However, without governance of this data, investments are usually not worth the money.[1]

Proper governance encompasses the following: to specify how data generates value for your company, what data there is or should be, and who is responsible for it.

In 2008, only 38% of organisations had proper data governance.[2] While this has increased in recent times, we would like to see this change into all companies and organisations having their data governance in order.

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Measuring data governance

As mentioned above, it has been shown that many organisations do not know how to deal with data governance.[2] This is the reason why Landscape and Leiden University created the Data Governance Scan (DGS). The scan consists of three steps:

Step 1

By conducting interviews within your organisation with domain experts such as business analysts and enterprise architects and reviewing your documentation, we get an idea of your current level of data governance.

Step 2

Afterwards, our consultants answer an extensive data governance questionnaire, which is used to calculate the resulting organisational score. These scores are visualized in a graph that enables you to very easily detect both strong points and areas that can be improved.

Step 3

There is no score that is either right or wrong. That is why our consultants interpret what is best for your organisation and report these findings using clear and action-oriented recommendations. These findings can also be presented to the management or IT department.

Data governance maturity

Scientifically tested

The method was scientifically tested. 73% of 15 participants in the evaluation sessions found the model valid. Most valued are its structured explanation of the current state and its actionable recommendations. 74% of 10 participants reported that they would use the method to assess data governance maturity.

Participants found, however, that the method currently provides insufficient support to interpret the results. Therefore, we are working on structuring the interpretation step with an interpretation framework that connects organisational data objectives to maturity scores.

Why do the Landscape Data Governance Scan?

Data is the future [3]

Quick insight into your big data readiness

Reduce costs and prevent needless investments

Scientifically researched

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Practical information

For whom?

The scan is meant for IT-intensive companies, governments, departments, or retailers of more than 20 employees.


The organisation's big data readiness rapidly becomes clear: the scan takes only one month.

Landscape & partners

Landscape is an IT-company specialised in data science, proof of concepts, and data governance. The company is related to Leiden University and characterises itself by a scientific approach and a personal client-relationship.

ICTU is a government instance that supports other government organisations with IT. The ICTU believes that the scan can help with the big-data ambitions of the government.

The DGS originates from a master-thesis research and is in further development by Landscape, together with the Leiden Centre of Data Science of Leiden University.