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December 14, 2023

Navigating the Metrics Maze: Lessons from Diverse Domains for Federal Chief Data Officers

By CDO Council

In the rapidly evolving landscape of government, Federal Chief Data Officers (CDOs) have emerged as crucial leaders tasked with harnessing the power of data to drive organizational success. However, the relative newness of this role brings forth unique challenges, particularly in the realm of measuring and communicating the value of their efforts.

To address this measurement conundrum, this paper delves into lessons from non-data domains such as asset management, inventory management, manufacturing, and customer experience. While these fields share common ground with CDOs in facing critical questions, they stand apart in possessing established performance metrics. Drawing parallels with domains that have successfully navigated similar challenges offers a roadmap for establishing metrics that can transcend organizational boundaries.

By learning from the experiences of other domains and adopting a nuanced approach to metrics, CDOs can pave the way for a clearer understanding of the impact and value of their vital contributions to the data-driven future.


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