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Program Governance

For a program to tackle regulated research data to be a success sponsorship at the highest levels is crucial. The program’s sponsors are not required to take formal ownership, but are an absolute must as the program will face growth and resource decisions. Below are the roles involved with Purdue's governance of this program.

Governance overview
Governance involves Executive oversight, Program members, and Stakeholders

Executive Support

At the beginning of any project, it is a good idea to speak with the executive directors of departments that are involved in the project. When onboarding a group, it is best practice to start with just those in charge, giving them an overview of the program and presenting the goals. Once they are on board and supportive, it is easier to bring in those under them. If a director is not on board with a project, how can they be expected to pitch it to their subordinates?

Program Members

Define an oversight role for the team on your project. This is to ensure that compliance and security requirements are maintained throughout the lifecycle of the project. This should be given to people with a leadership role within the project. Create a partnership with IT, Regulator, and Security Offices. This will help reduce work related to compliance and security activities by allowing for effective communication between trusted parties.

Plan to:

  • Update IT systems regularly
  • Train Staff on compliance and security requirements
  • Manage whole disk encryption
  • Maintain Technology Control Plans and Additional Documentation
  • Manage Authorization Resources


It is a necessity to talk to a handful of early adopters understand their needs, workflows, and expectations. Additionally, including a few friendly early adopters as you bring up your systems can help to discover bugs and smooth out the process. Researchers should be the last group to officially onboard right before implementing. Incremental onboarding the research into controlled environment is a much better than handling everyone all on at once.  


Program Sponsors

  • Executive Vice President for Research Partnerships
  • CIO
  • Establish and reinforce the vision for the program
  • Establish Purdue’s risk tolerance within Controlled Unclassified Data
  • Ensure program funding, ongoing support, and resources
  • Serve as a program spokesperson responsible for communicating program strategy, benefits, direction, status, and recommendations to stakeholders and the University

Executive Oversight

  • Provide leadership and support for the entire program
  • Support the program by communicating the vision and working to reduce barriers, and mitigating risk
  • Recommend required resource allocation
  • Assign authority to the Program Members
  • Approve risk mitigation strategy and action
  • Determine and Communicate additional regulations for REED+
  • Receive periodic briefings from the Program Manager regarding program and project progress, resource needs, issues, risks, funding and expenditures
  • Approve final projects’ deliverables

Stakeholder Group

  • Internal Stakeholder to share information and influence the future direction of the ecosystem
  • Provide feedback, recommendations, or guidance to program components

Program Members

  • At the executive oversight direction, directs analysis effort and provides recommendations to the executive oversight
  • Sets long term goals, prioritization, and strategies in support of the strategic direction and vision established by the executive oversight
  • Set priorities for funding, program changes, and technology initiatives
  • Ensures consistency and coordination across the component projects in support of the Program Director
  • Resolves issues raised from the project teams
  • Provides guidance and direction on leveraging technology
  • Provide guidance and direction on policy changes
  • Discusses and provides recommendations to the executive oversight on critical program and cross-project issues and risks
  • Interface and collect feedback from Stakeholder Group to identify ecosystem needs to inform prioritization

Understand the PI's Workflow

Below is a role based look at the involved workflow of CUI research. As a PI moves through the stages, they will intersect with administrative roles. This was developed to serve as a map for the CUI researchers.

Processes by administrative ownership
Processes by administrative ownership

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1840043. Any opinions, recommendations, findings, or conclusions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.