Keep in mind that Data Literacy is not binary but rather is on a continuum. Everyone has some basic data skills, and others are pretty adept at viewing and understanding, and incorporating data into their daily practices. But as the business data world evolves, these basic data literacy skills also continue to grow.
As an Internal Auditor, despite everyone talking about the need to use more data, I noticed that in reality, few auditors did. It was evident that simply repeating ‘you need to use data’ was not leading to change.
Again, here’s the long-term problem we’re going to continue to encounter if we don’t create a sense of urgency around data literacy – our talent pipeline will be smaller and less diverse with time.
Data literacy looks like you, it looks like me, it looks like your neighbor. It looks like the cashier who rang up your groceries. It looks like the food service worker you bought your meal from. It looks like your aging parents and your young children. It looks like people you have never met.
“You can gain so much inspiration from someone’s story; for someone like me who found themselves using data as part of their work unexpectedly, seeing people who didn’t have traditional backgrounds in data analysis or data science helped motivate me to continue the path.”
I have lost track of the number of times that I have seen people talk about data literacy initiatives, implement solutions, and mention how businesses will thrive if they do x, y, and z. And every single time I read an article or read another “success” story, the one element that needs consideration is left out. People.
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There are so many stories surrounding the WHY of Be Data Lit. But the only story that matters is the one I want to tell you today. It’s the story of how I want us to care about elevating each other.
In 2020, the leisure and hospitality industry experienced an unemployment rate of 39.3%.* Only a percentage of those jobs have been recovered as of December 2020. Data Literacy is a skills gap that impacts everyone. It aligns directly to the changes in technology and the need to align skills to those changes. Frequently we seeContinue reading “How to Be a Data Literacy Advocate for Everyone”