New initiative to help people ‘thrive in the data age’

The new framework is designed to help bridge the gap between companies and their employees

The Institute of Analytics (IoA) has launched a new initiative aimed to help individuals become fully data literate, called the Analyst Competency Framework.

The launch event was hosted by Martyn Day, MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, in the House of Commons, Westminster, on Wednesday 22 June.

The framework aims to help level the playing field, whereby data analysis skills are no longer exclusive to computer experts. It hopes to enable educators to lay out steps for individuals to become better equipped to work with decisions reached by humans and machines.

The framework can be adopted by those already in the workplace, or students taking a fast-track route through university training.

It’s hoped that participants will also find the benefits extend beyond their professional lives, giving them the confidence to apply the insights acquired to inform their personal life decisions.

The framework provides a route map for professional development in four key skill areas, leading to professional membership of the IoA. The institute additionally provides training programmes aligned to the framework in a flexible way to allow new innovations to be incorporated in this fast-moving field.

Dr. Clare Walsh, head of education at the IoA explained the need for the framework: “In the 1990s, the Digital Revolution brought about a seismic shift in how we communicate, consume and interact with the world in general.

“For the tech-savvy younger generations, brought up in the digital age, this is second nature. Older generations have learned to embrace digital technology and today the world spins online.

“But we’ve now progressed through the Digital Revolution to the data age, and we need to equip individuals and organisations to adapt as data becomes ever more sophisticated and prevalent in all areas of our lives.”

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