Data literacy

With a data-literate workforce, your organisation and culture will thrive.

What is data literacy?

Data literacy is an ability to explore, understand and communicate with data. It includes critical thinking skills to use, interpret and make decisions with data, then convey its significance and value to others.

The impact of data literacy for organisations

More organisations want to modernise their analytics to become data-driven and know that means prioritising data literacy. A 2021 TDWI Pulse Report reveals that 68% of analytics professionals say their organisation is somewhat data-literate and looks at how to drive the need for data literacy with organisations.1 Among the key benefits of companies who are data-literate:


Have a collaborative, results-driven culture


Encourage experimentation and innovation


Have analytics goals tied to management goals

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Why data literacy reduces the analytics skills gap for your workforce

It’s time to make improvements that increase people’s ability to understand and interact with data, visualisations and analytics, and then effectively communicate with others to achieve results. To do this, more organisations are prioritising data literacy.

Follow a 4-step plan to close the data literacy gap in your workforce. Your business will achieve a greater competitive advantage, increase performance and agility, and develop a thriving data culture. Your people will also be empowered to increase their skills and proficiency, and better influence others.

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Why Your Workforce Needs Data Literacy

25% of employees feel fully prepared to use data effectively. Source: Accenture

What you want to do is help your people; to show them how technology, data, all these different elements can help them do their job better and help them almost fall in love with what they’re doing.

Hear the latest guidance from data literacy experts

Cardinal Health: Data literacy a key pillar to digital transformation

“At Cardinal Health, we approach data literacy in a two-dimensional matrix – top to bottom and left to right… We are in a culture shift that starts in our leadership organisation and asks open-ended questions rather than asking for a validating report or metric. This allows for a growth mindset and data experimentation to see where the data leads us.” – SNEHAL DESAI, VICE PRESIDENT, AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

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Podcast: Commentary encouraging data literacy

With years of collective experience working with data and examining its value, Sarah Nell-Rodriquez and Allen Hillery advocate for growing and improving data skills. Their newly-launched Be Data Lit podcast encourages everyone to thrive in a data-driven world.

Forbes event: Keys to create a successful data literacy programme

Leading executives who implemented effective data literacy programmes share what they learned during the process and some key outcomes.

Learn from Tableau customers investing in data literacy

Swiss Life emphasises community events, training and written resources to support decision-making and learning, and anchor its business growth strategy in data.

JLL invests in end-to-end skills training and programmes that drive data literacy and company-wide innovation.

Bank Mandiri matures its data culture and employees’ data skills through analytics courses, part of Mandiri University, so all decisions are rooted in reliable data.

Data Skills 10 million

Tableau commits to close the data skills gap for workers

Learn how we’re expanding data literacy for organisations and individuals with programmes and resources to enable 10 million people with data skills in 5 years.

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