A high-value, trusted data-use environment will deliver ongoing benefits for New Zealand. This environment will enable business, communities, and government to use data to innovate, tailor more effective products and services, and inform policy and advice.
The attached Cabinet paper proposes the establishment of a Data Futures Partnership, a cross-sector group of influential people who will work together to help drive change across New Zealand’s data-use ecosystem.
Also attached are:
- the Cabinet minute agreeing to create the partnership
- a summary of the paper in A3 format
- Indicative Action Plan
- Data Futures Partnership Business Case
- overview of the Data Futures Partnership showing how it will work and what it will deliver.
Background – Responding to the work of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum
In February 2015, Cabinet agreed that the four principles of value, inclusion, trust, and control proposed by the New Zealand Data Futures Forum provide a strong framework for a trusted data-use environment. Cabinet also directed lead agencies to explore how best to carry out the forum’s key recommendations.
Statistics NZ, with support from Treasury, has worked with expert stakeholders, including data holders, innovators, users, and regulators, to explore the forum’s proposals to launch catalyst data-use projects and establish a data council. Stakeholders suggested that, rather than a formal council, a partnership would be the most effective way of getting catalyst projects underway and encouraging a high-trust, high-value data-use ecosystem.
A New Zealand Data Futures Partnership
The Data Futures Partnership will make a positive impact across the data system by actively coordinating with citizens, consumers, businesses, Māori, non-governmental organisations, and government to drive greater trusted data sharing and use. The partnership will be led by a small, cross-sector working group, whose members were appointed by the Ministers of Finance, Justice, and Statistics in September 2015. Statistics NZ will provide secretariat support.
See Appointment of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership Working Group for more detail.
The New Zealand Data Futures Partnership Cabinet paper was signed by the Ministers of Finance and Statistics on 23 July 2015, considered by the Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee on 29 July 2015, and confirmed by Cabinet on 3 August 2015. The summary and Indicative Action Plan were appended to the Cabinet paper. These documents were released by the Minister of Statistics on 6 August 2015, when the Ministers of Finance and Statistics announced the formation of the Data Futures Partnership.
The Business Case was developed to support the Cabinet paper, and was proactively released by the Minister of Statistics on 7 December 2015.
The overview gives a summary of the proposal, the opportunity, and the key features of the Partnership – how it will work and what it will deliver.
See Business Case for the NZDF in the 'Available files' box for more detail.
See datafutures.co.nz for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 7 December 2015