The goal of any data quality program is to improve quality of data at the source. Once a financial institution’s data lineage capabilities are in place, a key starting point for data quality initiatives is the confirmation of critical data attributes for each major business line and functional area.
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The data quality program should define data rules across multiple categories – completeness, validity, consistency, timeliness, and accuracy. These core attributes should be measured through a data quality monitoring capability against these rules on a real-time basis.
When the data quality rules are breached, the reasons for the breach should be investigated proactively and a proposed fix should be identified and remediated. For quick fixes, the data owners can be notified to correct and provide re-feeds or to make the necessary updates for the next delivery.
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