Data Capability

Improving the sectors data management capability

The first HEDIIP Data Capability project developed a toolkit to assist organisations in improving their data management capability and the second project involved training sessions across the UK to promote its adoption and guide HE Providers through the process. In January 2016 Data Capability: A call to action was published by the project, analysing the self-assessment data from over 100 HE institutions.


There are significant changes planned for the HE information landscape. The HEDIIP New Landscape Report identified four areas that will be pivotal to achieving greater cohesion in data collections and a reduction in burden. One of the areas identified is ‘enhancement of HEP’s data maturity and capability‘. Another building block, ‘rationalisation of data collections through a transformed HESA collection process’ puts in-year collections on the horizon, delivered through the HESA Data Futures Programme. The vision of this programme is a modernised and more efficient approach to collecting data which will require a modernised and efficient approach to data management across the sector. It is therefore vital that in order to accommodate such changes the outputs of the HEDIIP Data Capability work are adopted by stakeholders to not only be efficient and add value but to also initiate the necessary improvement in data management capability.

There are two routes to completing the data capability toolkit. The full toolkit will provide a rigorous, cross-referenced business case linking institutional objectives to detailed activity plans. The small toolkit focuses on smaller and more tactical solutions to issues around data capability. The decision tree below will help you choose what’s right for you.

The full toolkit will take between 4 and 6 days to complete. The small toolkit is around half of that. For help and support please contact [email protected]