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The U.S. Department of State’s implementation of its first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) is currently underway through a series of data campaigns. Every six months, these data campaigns focus on one mission and one management themed priority. Data science, financial, and other resources are surged toward the two concurrent data campaigns with the goal to increase data maturity and deliver solutions to as many as a dozen Department priorities over the next three years. This timetable allows for flexibility should priorities shift.

The Department’s Chief Data Officer, in consultation with the Enterprise Data Council (EDC), propose data campaign topics to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources who makes the final decision.  The EDC is overseeing the strategy and its implementation to ensure they remain relevant to the Department’s priorities and core values.

Campaign One

Management Theme: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

The DEIA campaign team created a new DEIA data policy to accelerate decision-making and increase data transparency while safeguarding privacy. Working with the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, they developed a groundbreaking, interactive Demographic Baseline report and dashboard, which will be updated annually.  The Department will employ this demographic baseline to help benchmark progress, identify potential barriers to equal opportunity, inform policy responses, and promote accountability in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

Mission Theme: Strategic Competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

The Strategic Competition campaign focused on using data to understand the nature and scope of the global activities of the PRC to better inform the Department’s strategic planning and foreign assistance. In support of this effort, the team developed a new suite of analytics tools, leveraged data to inform foreign assistance project selection processes, and added dozens of relevant datasets to the Department’s data catalog which made them accessible to Department stakeholders and the interagency. The initiative packaged the data into digestible, data-rich yet easy-to-use formats for busy policymakers.

Campaign Two

Management theme: Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity data campaign will help the Department comprehensively leverage cyber data as a strategic asset to better manage the Department’s cyber risk, drive analytics, increase compliance, and improve security posture.

Mission Theme: Multilateralism

The Multilateralism data campaign will use data to strengthen alignment with other countries on shared priorities and broaden coalitions to achieve U.S. interests.

For additional information, please contact cfa@state.gov.

U.S. Department of State

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