Essential Data Skills for Professionals

In this interactive, practical workshop participants learn how people make decisions using data, the language of data and how to apply a simple, structured process that shows you how to answer questions or make decisions with data.

Participants will also learn to ask business-relevant data questions, obtain relevant data, make sense of the data, draw conclusions supported by data and present results to stakeholders in a way that promotes action.


This course is intended for people working in non-data specialist roles who are interested in developing their data skills and capabilities.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe key terms related to data analysis and making decisions with data
  • Explain why people should use data to improve decision making
  • Use the using the data-driven decision-making workflow to apply a structured process to answer questions and/or make decisions
  • Have an informed conversation with data professionals in your organisation about key data and data analysis topics

Course Agenda

Module 1 – Understanding Data & Decision Making

  • Decision Making
  • How people making decisions with data
  • Introduction to decision-making biases
  • How to minimise decision-making biases
  • Overview of the data-driven decision-making workflow
  • Asking the Right Question
  • How to define a question to answer with data
  • How write a relevant, unambiguous worthwhile question?
  • Group activity – Define the data-driven question

Module 2

  • Acquire Suitable Data
  • Introduction to data terms, sources and formats
  • Evaluate, clean and integrate data
  • Group activity – Identify data sources for a data-driven question
  • Understand the Data
  • Understand data using exploratory analysis
  • Choose the right type of analysis
  • Correlation versus causation
  • Group activity – Identify types of analysis for a data-driven question
  • Act on the Analysis
  • Interpret the insights to choose the best outcome
  • Prepare the results with data visualisation
  • Communicate the outcome with storytelling
  • Make and implement the decision
  • Group activity – Identify how to communicate the answer to a data-driven question


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