Data Literacy

With a data-literate workforce, your organization 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 organizations

More organizations want to modernize their analytics to become data-driven and know that means prioritizing data literacy. A 2021 TDWI Pulse Report reveals that 68% of analytics professionals say their organization is somewhat data literate and looks at how to drive the need for data literacy with organizations.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, visualizations, and analytics, and then effectively communicate with others to achieve results. To do this, more organizations are prioritizing data literacy.

Follow a 4-step plan to close the data literacy gap in your workforce. Your business will achieve more competitive advantage, increase performance and agility, and develop a thriving Data Culture. Your people will also be empowered to increase their skills, 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 with our leadership 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.”


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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 program

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

Learn from Tableau customers investing in data literacy

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

JLL invests in end-to-end skills trainings and programs 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 organizations and individuals with programs and resources to enable 10 million people with data skills in 5 years.

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