Are Data Skills Equally Distributed? Building a Society with Data at its Heart

1. ‘Data’ is about a broad mix of skills

  • Get a conversation going on what combination of skills is important when working with data
  • Start giving equal value to each of these skills
  • Identify where there are gaps in skills which could be filled to make things better?

2. ‘Data’ is dependent on a bunch of other stuff

  • Start highlighting the things which are blocking broader takeup of the skills above
  • Have conversations with people who are starting out with data and evidence, to see what their needs and pains are
  • Work with people to actually find ways to remove these blockages?

3. The network is everything

  • Encourage a more diverse approach to data skills networks, bringing together a wider range of backgrounds
  • Reach out to other groups which need similar support
  • Help groups to learn from other groups

Actions

  1. What can *I* realistically do, and how can I use my position — where I’m already within a network of data professionals — to push data skills outside of their existing “comfort” networks?
  2. Who should I be talking to as part of that effort, and how? Is that a series of personal conversations, or is there scope for some larger, ongoing “group” to move this on?

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