Research Data Alliance (RDA) Strategic Plan 2024-2028
The RDA Strategic Plan 2024-2028 has been designed, developed and drafted by the RDA Council, in close collaboration with the RDA Secretariat, since November 2022. This version includes feedback received from the global RDA community during a consultation period in March 2023, as well as input and contributions from the RDA Governance bodies (Technical Advisory Board, Regional Advisory Board, Organisational and Affiliate members). The entire global community was invited to provide feedback and comments on a pre-final version in October. The final version will be published in December 2023.
The RDA is built on six foundational values of Openness, Consensus, Community Driven, Inclusivity, Harmonisation, and not for profit and technology neutral. In alignment with these guiding principles, the RDA values feedback and suggestions from the community on the key areas and priorities outlined in this strategic plan.
About the Strategic Plan
After a decade of growth and development, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) presents its fifth strategic plan, titled 'Sustain, Empower, Innovate' which provides direction and vision for the organisation until 2028. This plan, focused on strengthening and widening the organisation, is organised into four strategic themes:
These themes emerged during a community consultation organised by the RDA Secretariat during the RDA’s 20th Plenary Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, in March 2023. Community consultation was one of many activities organised during the RDA’s 10th anniversary celebratory year that aimed to recognise the RDA’s successes and lessons learned, and reflect on the past, present, and future of the organisation.
This strategic plan revisits the objectives and outcomes of the RDA’s previous strategic plan (2020-2023), and reiterates the organisation’s mission, vision and guiding principles. The section on ‘Strategic Direction’ provides an overview of the strategic themes, their key strategic areas, and priorities. To progress the RDA’s Strategy, a series of concrete activities for each strategic area will be planned, accompanied by timelines and KPIs for each activity to monitor and measure their progress and completion. Successful execution of the RDA’s Strategic Plan requires cooperation, collaboration and co-creation between the global community, and the RDA governance and organisational bodies.