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Data Informed Diplomacy

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To lead America’s foreign policy in the 21st century, we must be fully prepared for the challenges, both seen and unseen, that lie before us. As the leader of our country’s response to these challenges, the Department of State must leverage data as a critical instrument of diplomacy.

Brian P. McKeon
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

At the U.S. Department of State, data is at the heart of our work. Operating in the world’s most challenging environments and competing strategically on a global stage demand that data not only be produced, used, or stored, but leveraged as a strategic asset.

The launch of the Department’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) [4 MB] helps ensure that our workforce has the right data, when and where they need it to achieve their mission. In order to ensure the strategy is actionable and relevant to the core priorities of the Department, the Enterprise Data Council – comprised of bureau leaders and chaired by the Chief Data Officer – will oversee an incremental implementation of the strategy over a three-year time horizon. This approach will bolster data analytics and management, activate governance, and build a data-savvy workforce while focusing on two Department priorities every six months.

Whether it is the repatriation of American citizens stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic or coordination of international aid as it is rushed to countries struck by natural disaster, when American foreign affairs professionals are equipped with high-quality and timely data, they can help make the world safer, more just, and less divided. We invite you to explore this site to learn how the U.S. Department of State is making data a critical instrument of diplomacy.

Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon signs the Department of State’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy at a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman building.
Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon signs the Department of State’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy at a ceremony at the Harry S Truman building.

The goals and objectives of the Enterprise Data Strategy call for: the development of a data culture in the Department; the promotion of training for increased data fluency; greater data access, in part through new technology; and better data governance to ensure data is used ethically and securely.

Brian P. McKeon
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Enterprise Data Strategy

U.S. Department of State

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