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Intro to Data


1 day course for teams


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Intro to Data for teams

Businesses today are collecting and generating more data than ever. Yet for many companies a strong, data-driven culture remains out of reach. More often, data literacy in business is the domain of isolated project teams and siloed functions. Academy Xi’s 1-day ‘Intro to Data’ course was built for corporate, government and not-for-profit teams who want to amplify the power of data-driven decision making. 

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of business domain experts admit they’re “not totally sure” what it means to be data-driven in their organisation - Sigma, 'Breaking Down the Data Language Barrier'
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Data skill needs are projected to triple by 2025 - Amazon Web Services in Australia, 'Unlocking APAC's digital potential report' (2021)

Learning outcomes

Delivered either in-person or online, this team training course offers up to 20 people the tools they need to use data to make better decisions in their day-to-day work. 

Team Benefits

  • Learn how to interpret and manipulate a dataset
  • Use critical thinking to identify key insights and themes
  • Create graphs and charts that communicate your insights
  • Craft data-driven stories that drive stakeholder buy-in and action
  • Increase collaboration between silos by harnessing a shared language around data
  • Create a community of problem solvers that use data to make decisions
  • Kickstart a culture of continuous learning within your team
  • Take away a dedicated Data Literacy toolkit to help embed new practices
  • Employee development

Who is this training designed for?

  • Corporate, government, not-for-profit and agency teams 
  • Functional teams looking to upskill 
  • Cross-functional teams requiring a shared mindset and language
  • Founders, managers and creative directors looking to bring a baseline data IQ to their businesses
  • Executive teams and boards
  • Groups of new starters for alignment with organisational vision and priorities


Data literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyse and communicate with data. It’s a skill that empowers all levels of workers to ask the right questions of data and machines, build knowledge, make decisions, and communicate meaning to others. Until we’re able to accurately interpret data, it’s impossible to use it for the purpose of making more-informed decisions. 

Companies are investing in data like they invest in physical assets, IP, and real estate. Without data, as humans we’re horrible at making good decisions because our assumptions get in the way. Employees without the skills to work with data are struggling to match the performance of their data-savvy colleagues. This isn’t surprising given the vast amounts of information being produced every day.

With 78% of people willing to invest more time and energy into improving their data skillsets if given the chance, the opportunity is ripe for organisations to upskill their people. 

First, make sure people know how to use the tools. Second, set up the right internal capability for your people to learn in a practical way. Third, use examples and stories in awareness campaigns to teach and inspire others about how to use data well. Fourth, bake data into all important decision making.

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