A fair data economy self-assessment tool

We are developing a tool to help companies measure and raise their level of sustainable data use. Join the pioneers, test the tool with us and be the first to benefit!

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Developing a tool for companies to support self-evaluation of their fair use of data

Question: Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Fair data economy robot answers: How about we try this instead?

The fair data economy maturity model guides companies to use data sustainably

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What is it about?

Data has become the world’s most valuable raw material, but few can use it extensively. Data must be made fully available to companies of all sizes. A fair data economy opens up data flows between companies in a well-functioning data market, where data is shared seamlessly and with individuals’ consent.

Sitra’s IHAN – fair data economy project builds common ground rules and tools for a fair data economy, which turns trust into a competitive advantage for European companies of all sizes. The project has developed principles for the fair data economy, based on the European Union’s data economy principles, which are also aligned with the overall EU data strategy.

Based on the fair data economy principles and criteria, the IHAN® project is working on a tool to help companies evaluate their maturity level with regard to their sustainable and fair data use. The criteria define what companies should take into account when collecting, sharing and using data, as well as developing data-driven services.

What do we do?

The fair data economy criteria framework is a multifaceted maturity model, where each level and the steps and procedures to reach the next level in sustainable data use are clearly defined. The maturity assessment allows companies to evaluate their performance across multiple areas of operations, to identify ways to develop their capabilities towards the desired target state and to prioritise these ideas for improvement to build a clear, actionable development road map.

The first version of the fair data economy criteria and maturity model was built in autumn 2020 by Sitra, together with our partner Gartner Consulting. The development work continues iteratively in phases. We are now looking for interested companies and other stakeholders to join the team for further development and validation work.

How to be a part of it?

The first version of the tool defines the dimensions and preliminary levels of each dimension for the sustainable use of data. Through dialogue with different stakeholders, we are looking for suggestions and ideas for improvement. What direction should we take to make the framework most useful for the largest possible group of companies in the near future?

Could you be one of the first companies to begin the journey of transformation towards collecting and using data in a fair and sustainable way?

Join the pioneering crew to test and develop the model further, by emailing ihan@sitra.fi! Please include in your email a brief description of your business and share your thoughts on the fair data economy maturity model. The development work in February-May 2021 aims for version 2.0 through validation in workshops and online testing.


This is how we do it.

11 Feb.
Fair Data Economy Score – Workshop for NGOs

At 9.00-11.30 CET, 10.00-12.30 EET, online The workshop for NGOs in Finnish.

23 March
Fair Data Economy Score – Workshop for companies and interest groups

At 12.00-14.30 CET, 13.00-15.30 EET, online. The workshop for companies and interest groups in Finnish.

15 April
Fair Data Economy Score – Workshop for subject matter experts

At 12.00-14.30 CET, 13.00-15.30 EET, online. The workshop for subject matter experts in English.

17 June
Fair Data Economy Score – publishing the results

The article sums up the results of the development work.

Contact us

Katri Korhonen
Specialist, Competitiveness through data
Jyrki Suokas
Kirsi Suomalainen
Specialist, Communications and Public Affairs

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