National Data Strategy open call for evidence

In June 2018, the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced the UK Government’s intention to develop a National Data Strategy that would unlock the power of data across government and the wider economy, while building citizen trust in its use.

The aim of the National Data Strategy is to drive the collective vision that will support the UK to build a world-leading data economy. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that all citizens and organisations trust the data ecosystem, are sufficiently skilled to operate effectively within it, and can get access to high-quality data when they need it.

The call for evidence is seeking input on the “parameters and objectives” of the strategy and gather evidence that will underpin a draft strategy. DCMS will run a full consultation on the draft strategy later in 2019.

To inform the National Data Strategy, DCMS have set out a provisional list of objectives, divided into 3 areas of focus:



  • Objective 1. To ensure that data is used in a way that people can trust
  • Objective 2. To ensure that everyone can effectively participate in an increasingly data-driven society


  • Objective 3. To ensure that all businesses and non-profit organisations can effectively operate in an increasingly data-driven economy
  • Objective 4. To improve growth and productivity through the effective use of data across the economy


  • Objective 5. To improve public services and government operations through the effective collection, sharing and use of data
  • Objective 6. To achieve alignment in government around data, with data shared and used cooperatively wherever appropriate


The full list of questions set by DCMS can be found here.


On Friday 12 July, 2-4pm techUK will be holding a roundtable discussion with the DCMS National Data Strategy team. This will be an opportunity to feed input on the Call for Evidence directly to the National Data Strategy team. To attend the roundtable, you can book on the portal here.

techUK will be developing a response to the Call for Evidence. If you would like to contribute to the drafting of this response please let us know, and if you have any views on the questions being raised in the Call for Evidence document please send these to by Monday 8 July at the very latest.

  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director | Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055
  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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