Overcoming the Data Literacy Crisis
Kree Govender, Managing Director
South Africa Qlik Master Reseller (SAQMR)
Qlik’s recently published Global Data Literacy Report found that just 24% of business decision-makers surveyed are fully confident in their ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data. Just 32% of the C-suite is viewed as data literate, potentially holding senior leaders back from encouraging their workforces to use data to their advantage.
These statistics are incredibly concerning, when we are operating in a data economy that becomes only more data heavy with every passing moment. To survive (and excel) in this economy, businesses and their staff must dedicate time and resources to overcoming the data literacy crisis.
A History of Comprehension Challenges
In a recent Fortune article, Leanne Bowler, associate professor at the School of Information at the Pratt Institute in New York City confirmed that this is not an entirely new issue. “People have long had issues around comprehension and discernment of information. There’s been probably 20 years of research on information literacy that has consistently shown that young people have real troubles with information literacy.”
As is the case with any skill, one must maintain it, update it and ensure it remains relevant in an ever-changing world.
Enter the Qlik Data Literacy Programme
In recognition of the fact that data literacy is as important today as reading and writing, Qlik has developed a Data Literacy Programme to overcome the chasm that is the data literacy skills gap. Its mission is to help people and organisations understand, analyse and use data with confidence.
With this approach Qlik aims to:
- Bring data to everyone
- Empower people to make data-driven decisions with confidence
- Drive competitiveness, enabling organisations to gain an edge in the era of data
Built around widely adopted data, analytics and statistical concepts, which can be used in any context, Qlik is offering most of its Data Literacy offerings for free. These include:
- Instructor-led learning
- Self-paced learning
- Academic programme
Thriving in a Data Driven World
According to James Fisher, SVP of Strategic Marketing at Qlik, the workers of tomorrow can thrive in a data driven world. “The key to harnessing the full potential of this new era is ensuring that our future workforce is confident in their ability to read, work with, analyse, and argue with data.”
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