Data Skills Framework

Mon May 4, 2020
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The Data Skills Framework shows how technical data skills can be balanced with other skills to support successful data innovation

Data Skills Framework

The Data Skills Framework breaks down the complex landscape of data skills into the sets of skills required by different people in an organisation. It illustrates how technical data skills must be balanced with skills that enable data innovation.

Businesses like Arup, Deutsche Bank and Co-op are using the framework to inform their data literacy programmes, identify skill gaps and clarify the best places to invest in learning and capacity development.

Read more about how the Data Skills Framework solves problems for our partners.

Download the Data Skills Framework

View the Data Skills Framework. This is a PDF of the hard-copy version (not designed for home/office print – see below for print-at-home version).

If you’d like some hard-copy versions for your organisation, please contact us to discuss how we can work together, or to organise some training.

View the print-at-home version of the ‘Data Skills Framework’. This is a simple black-and-white version of the guide for home/office printing.

 If you’d like some hard-copy versions for your organisation, please contact us to discuss how we can work together, or to organise some training.

What data skills do you need to execute your strategy? This on-demand webinar explores how to use the ODI Data Skills framework to align data literacy programmes to strategy, then to identify skill gaps. Access the webinar here.

Why use this tool?

Research shows that if organisations focus solely on technology and technical skills, they are less likely to unlock the full value of data.

The Data Skills Framework illustrates how technical data skills must be balanced with other skills – such as service design, data innovation and change leadership – to help ensure data projects are impactful and lead to the best social and economic outcomes for everyone.

You can use the Data Skills Framework to identify and understand the requirement for this balance of skills – by analysing current skills and existing training programmes within your organisation.

This helps ensure that skills and capability development plans align with organisational goals and that silos are not created.

Data Skills Framework
This tool is part of the ODI’s wider Data for Business Toolkit View related tools and resources