Cardio is an assessment tool that can be used to characterize the level of handling research data.
The model is divided into three main aspects – known as the three legged stool. These are; organization, technology and resources. This way of thinking can be used to divide the questions about RDM into categories, and can be used to control a discussion. Each of the three legs is divided into multiple questions, each covering a certain part of that leg of the stool.