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Build essential, everyday data skills to unlock the value of data
Data literacy skills are core to supporting effective decision making at all levels in government. Yet, globally 74% of employees feel overwhelmed when working with data (Data Literacy Project, 2020).

The Building Data Literacy, Skills & Capabilities in the Public Sector program will help you overcome these challenges. This integrated program of competency-based workshops is designed to develop data literacy for business people and managers at all levels in government. The course combines best practices from both academic research with industry experience. The modules allow you to practice your new skills using real-life workplace scenarios and receive immediate feedback on your output from the facilitator.

This program is perfect for business leaders & non-data professionals wanting to:
• Improve their data literacy to support decision making
• Build confidence to use and create value from data
• Communicate data simply, and clearly

Low data literacy levels are “a real barrier to businesses trying to build a data-driven culture” - Data Literacy Project 2020

Who should attend?
The Data Literacy, Skills & Capabilities course has been specifically designed for public sector business professionals and managers without specialist data knowledge or skills. The course assumes no prior technical knowledge from participants about data principles, concepts or software.

How is the course delivered?
The course is delivered as a bundled course, comprising three workshops. Modules are delivered remotely in 4-hour blocks with content optimised for effective remote delivery.

Part I: Introduction to Essential Data Skills

A practical guide to understand data and use data to answer questions and make decisions

In this interactive, practical workshop participants learn how people make decisions using data, the language of data and how to apply a simple, structured process that shows you how to answer questions or make decisions with data. Participants will also learn to ask business-relevant data questions, obtain relevant data, make sense of the data, draw conclusions supported by data and present results to stakeholders in a way that promotes action. Participants apply the structured process using real-world problems they select from their workplace.

Part II: Introduction to Data Visualisation

Learn to how use data visualisation to explore data and communicate insights

In this practical interactive workshop, participants will learn how to create data visualisations they can use to explore data to find valuable insights, and accurately and clearly communicate those insights to decision makers. Participants will learn and apply data visualisation principles and best practices based academic research and industry experience using the data visualisation design process. Participants also have the opportunity to bring existing data visualisations on which they can receive feedback from the experienced facilitator.

Part III: Introduction to Data Storytelling

Learn to how to communicate recommendations from data in a compelling way

In this practical, interactive workshop participants build on their knowledge of data visualisation principles and best practices by learning the importance of using narrative structure and storytelling techniques to enhance the way they present their data visualisations to stakeholders. Participants will work in small groups to prepare and deliver a data story presentation, and receive constructive feedback on their presentation content and delivery from the experienced facilitator.

Course benefits

  • An end-to-end bundled course of competency based workshops to build your data literacy, skills & capabilities
  • The support and guidance of an industry expert - Ask questions and work through challenges at the right pace with a mix of content, breakout sessions, Q&A and practical exercises that build competency
  • Flexible and accessible training, optimised for online delivery - You can access training from the office or remotely from home in an environment that suits your learning needs
  • Professional online event delivery team and live IT support: Our live event delivery team will be online with you to address any IT challenges and support the facilitator so everyone can focus on learning without any distractions

Key Speakers

Steve Remington
Principal Consultant and Founder

What People Are Saying

  • “You make the content so easy to understand no matter how complicated the topics sound, especially for a person like me who does not have extensive knowledge in data.”

  • “Steve is a very good trainer. Trainees do not feel intimidated when questions are asked. Sessions are very engaging.”

  • “Steve was very passionate about the topic and was able to explain the concepts very well.”