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DCAM Assessment & Support
DCAM Assessments and Support

assessments & support

DCAM Assessments

Performing a DCAM® assessment is the best way to evaluate internal data management capability. Using the EDM Council’s Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM), the assessment is a structured evaluation of your data management program. It is based on core data management principles and achieved via consensus across involved stakeholders. During a DCAM assessment, firms evaluate their own data management initiatives based on DCAM capabilities and dependencies. The result is a formal review of your data management program including a gap analysis and a list of agreed priorities.

There are several approaches and support models for conducting a DCAM Assessment:

  • Internal DCAM Assessment: Members are entitled to freely download all DCAM resources and use them to conduct internal assessments. We encourage your assessment team to enroll in the DCAM Framework training to ensure complete understanding of the underlying principles, including how to consistently apply the DCAM methodology.

  • DCAM Training Workshop:  The EDM Council offers training workshops in support of internal DCAM assessments. The workshop approach includes training for the core team and executive stakeholders. Workshops combine internal surveys with facilitated interaction based on the unique circumstances of your organization.

  • DCAM Authorized Partner (DAP) Support:  Many of our consulting members have joined the DCAM Authorized Partner Network and are certified to conduct formal DCAM assessments. Working with a DAP participant is a proven method of effectively integrating data management capabilities into your internal operations. An assessment conducted by a DAP participant can be reviewed and certified by the EDM Council as conforming to best practice execution and assessment deliverables.

Engagement models can be scaled to fit your needs and your budgets - Key assessment factors include:

  • Method: Assess through an informed interview or by unassisted survey

  • Evidence:  Assess based on respondent observation with collection of artifacts for score validation

  • Sentiment:  Assess based on respondent observation without collection of evidential artifacts

  • Depth:  Assess at the Capability (31) or Sub-Capability (106) level

  • Breadth:  Assess data management practitioners or a broader set of business, technology and operations stakeholders

  • Coverage:  Assess at Enterprise, Region, Operating Unit, Domain data management operating levels of the organization

  • Deliverables:  Provide assessment results, evidence artifacts, operating level comparisons, industry peer group analysis, capability gap analysis and roadmap recommendations

Benefits of a DCAM Assessment

DCAM was created by industry practitioners and is structured in a way that supports the delivery of sustainable business value. It serves as the foundation for obtaining stakeholder alignment and for positioning the value proposition of effective data discipline to executive management.

By aligning your data program with industry best practices, you establish a benchmark from which to develop and grow your program. It creates a common framework with defined capabilities, an established agreed-upon lexicon, identified objectives and deliverables, and a list of identified evidence-based artifacts.

DCAM creates the opportunity for organizational data programs to align and demonstrate to their management, their business stakeholders, their senior executives, and their oversight authorities (regulators) that they are adhering to an industry best practice critical to building, sustaining and leveraging their data.

DCAM Assessments Deliver

DCAM Assessment will formalize the State of your program while delivering a compelling case for continued enhancement.

DCAM Assessments Deliver


Goal: Translate the Practice of Data Management into Science

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