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Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) 

Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) 


A survey named Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) was conducted by Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), Niti Aayog.

  • Objective: To assess different Ministries /Departments' performance on the implementation of Central Sector Schemes (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS).


  • Department of Fertilizers has been ranked third out of 65 departments/ministries based on its performance in the implementation of central schemes.
  • It is in second place among 16 economic ministries/departments.
  • Department of Fertilizers under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has been ranked 2nd amongst the 16 Economic Ministries / Departments and 3rd out of the 65 Ministries / Departments with a score of 4.11 on a scale of 5 on the Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI).
  • The effort of DMEO, Niti Aayog to bring out such a report card of the Ministries / Departments is highly appreciable.

Calculation Method:

  • In the survey, an online questionnaire was prepared under six major themes of DGQI --  data generation; data quality; use of technology; data analysis, use, and dissemination; data security and HR capacity, and case studies.
  • The questionnaire was then shared with Ministries / Departments, which are implementing CS / CSS schemes. Inputs have been collected from 65 Ministries / Departments implementing 250 CS / CSS schemes and their scores were accordingly calculated.
  • Weights were assigned to the themes and sub-weightages to each question within every theme to arrive at final DGQI scores ranging between 0 to 5 for every scheme.
  • To avoid straightforward irrelevant comparisons, ministries/departments were classified into six categories: Administrative, Strategic, Infrastructure, Social, Economic, and Scientific.


  • It will improve the implementation framework of government policies, schemes, and programs to achieve the desired goals.
  • The DMEO has undertaken a DGQI exercise: self-assessment based review of data preparedness levels across ministries/departments to produce a DGQI scorecard.
  • Accordingly, a survey was initiated to assess the data preparedness of ministries/departments on a standardized framework to drive healthy competition among them and promote cooperative peer learning from best practices.

Source: PIB