Social Science Data Management: Creating Data Management Plans

A guide to help researchers manage, store, and share their social science data. We also schedule one-on-one or group sessions if you have additional data questions. If you would like to schedule a data consultation contact Rebekah Cummings at rebekah.cumm

Creating a data management plan

Need to create a data management plan? 

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are an important part of the research data lifecycle. DMPs are an outline of what a researcher will do with their data during a project and afterward. Although all researchers would benefit from creating a DMP, many are required to create a DMP as part of their grant proposal submissions. DMPs often include: 

  • Types of data including file formats
  • Data description, including metadata schemas 
  • Data storage
  • Data sharing, including confidentiality and privacy restrictions
  • Data archiving and responsibility
  • Data management costs

In-person consultations at the Marriott Library

The University of Utah Marriott Library provides free, expert guidance to members of our research community on preparing data management plans tailored to your specific discipline. Let us help you write a competitive DMP to make your grant proposal stand out and to help you plan your data management for your upcoming project. 

The process

For expert, in-person DMP assistance, contact a data management librarian two weeks before your grant proposal deadline; however, we will help you in a shorter time frame as well. A data management librarian will meet with you in-person, discuss your project, and gather relevant information about your data management plan. After the meeting, we will be able to review and provide comments on your data management plan. 

For data management plan assistance for the social sciences and humanities contact Rebekah Cummings at or (801) 581-7701. 

For data management plan assistance for the sciences, contact Daureen Nesdill at or (801) 585-5975.

DMP Tool

The California Digital Library has created a free online tool to help researchers create Data Management Plans called the DMPTool. For immediate online DMP assistance, go to

DMP resources

Here are some online tools to help you create a data management plan:  

These resources will help you become familiar with your particular agency's requirements: 

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