Recognizing the Need for Data Literacy: Executive Briefing

Through this course, individuals will learn the value of data literacy for their employees and organization as a whole, along with discovering what data literacy is and key skills to help organizations succeed in the digital and analytics economy.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 4, 2019
Duration
11m
Table of contents
Exploring Data Literacy’s Value
Defining Data Literacy
Understanding the Data Literacy Skills Gap
Examining the Causes of the Skills Gap
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Feb 4, 2019
Duration
11m
Description

Tech leaders need a fundamental understanding of the tools and technologies their teams use to build solutions. In this course, Recognizing the Need for Data Literacy: Executive Briefing, you will learn foundational knowledge of data literacy and the skills associated within this world. First, you will learn the value of data literacy. Next, you will discover what data literacy is and why there is a skills gap in the world with regards to data. Finally, you will explore how to understand the drivers of the data literacy skills gap. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of data literacy needed to improve your organization's overall ability to effectively consume data.

About the author
About the author

Jordan Morrow is the Global Head of Data Literacy for Qlik, where he can be found working hard to help empower both individuals and organizations with skills in the world of Data Literacy.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Understanding the Data Literacy Skills Gap
With an understanding of the value of data literacy and an understanding of the definition of data literacy, it is valuable to understand the skills gap that exists within the world of data. A study was conducted to understand the foundational and overall skills that individuals have within the world of data literacy. Through this study, it was discovered that only about one out of five people felt confident in their data literacy skills. To bring this directly to the workforce, those that are decision makers, it was found that only 1 out of 4, or around 24% of them, felt confident in their data literacy skills, from an executive, or the C-level, it was about 1 out of 3, or 32%. Overall, we see a large skills gap, the foundational skills for data literacy. Now this can seem gloomy, but it absolutely presents a great opportunity for organizations. As organizations are trying to find their way through this data revolution that we are going through, empowering individuals in the workforce with skills and data literacy will allow them to do so. Now through that study, it was also discovered that those that were data literate, around 90% of them felt they were performing very well in their jobs, around 85% felt that data literacy skills gave them more credibility, and there was a large majority of people that were desirous and willing to invest their time and energy to become more data literate. Overall, this skills gap presents a great opportunity for organizations to seize on that value that was described earlier in this Executive Briefing. By developing skills within those four key characteristics, those numbers that were found in that survey can go up and organizations can start to achieve the value they truly want through their data.