Using Data Literacy to Communicate with Your Business’s Data Specialists
Data literacy is a language. Becoming data literate is like learning a second language. In order to maximise on the use of data in your business, learning this language, and being able to communicate is a must for all team members. Without a background in data literacy, this can be like speaking French to a German person.
Data literacy enables you to get your message across to the whole team so that nothing is left to interpretation. The goals of the business and the paths to achieving them can be clearly identified. Becoming data literate should be a priority for all businesses and each employee within the business. Lack of understanding can cut the business off at the knees.
What Is Data Literacy?
Data literacy is the ability to understand data, which encompasses managing, organising a and communicating data within various contexts. This is also interweaved with an understanding of the constructs of data, the sources, as well as the analysis applied to each source. The use case and application of each source of data is the final layer of being data literate, which delivers on the result of the data and its purpose.
So, how does a business go about becoming data literate? And how does a business ensure that data literacy is a part of the fabric of everyday operations?
Implementing Data Literacy Practices Within the Business
Remembering that data literacy is like learning a new language, it is important to implement a gradual process to becoming a data literate business. Start with the basics:
Identify the data literacy champions.
You might already have employees who are data literate and who can lead the rest of the team through this process. Establish who the data stewards are, the data architects, and analysts. Position them in a way that others can learn from their leadership.
Implement a data literacy program.
Start with enrolling your employees in a data literacy course. Here they will learn compliance, credibility, and confidence when working with data and communicating in data as their second language.
Identify barriers to communication.
See where you are falling short in your communication with data so that you can bridge that gap with data literacy. Conduct assessments with your team to see where they need additional assistance.
Start the process of implementing a data literacy program in your business today.
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