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Information Management Assessment programme
The Information Management Assessment (IMA) programme is the best practice model for government departments wishing to demonstrate a high level of commitment to managing their information.
The programme's goal is to deliver measurable improvements across government by providing robust, independent validation of the standards and integrity of the information management processes and capability within departments.
The IMA ensures that government departments meet the required standards for effective collection, storage, access, use and disposal of information against the Lord Chancellor's Section 46 Code of Practice under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Additionally, the IMAs assess governance and leadership, access, compliance and culture with regard to information management in the department.
The IMA strategy
'To deliver measurable improvements in information management across government by providing robust independent validation of the standards and integrity of the information management processes within public sector organisations.'
Incorporated within The National Archives' vision is a commitment 'to lead and transform information management across government'. This has led to the development of a high level, hard-hitting, risk-based Information Management Assessment (IMA) programme.
An initial pilot programme was completed in 2007. The programme is now delivering measurable improvements across government by providing robust, independent validation of the standards and integrity of the knowledge and information management processes and capability within departments.
The IMA programme draws participants from a wide range of central government departments. As a result, areas of good practice are highlighted and recommendations made to improve standards and also, importantly, ensure that the IMA programme continues to meet the needs of the participants, now and in the future.
The IMA Strategy below outlines the aims, objectives and scope for the programme for the period 2008-13. It defines a clear vision for the future direction of IMAs led by The National Archives.
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