Data Management Plans

A data management plan is a document that describes how you will care for data over the course of the research lifecycle. Many federal and non-profit granting agencies require that you write and include a data management plan in your grant proposal. Writing a data management plan enables the researcher to think about data from a holistic perspective, by thinking about questions and scenarios before they arise. 

  • What formats will the data be in?
  • Who will be in charge of managing the data?
  • How will you describe the data?
  • What types of software will you use to analyze the data?
  • Where will you store the data during the research process?
  • How will you make the data sharable?
There are a number of excellent tools and checklists that can assist you with the data management plan writing process, including the DMPTool. Please contact RDM Consulting for assistance (  

Research data lifecycle: