Data Literacy Skills

A session for anyone who deals with data on a regular basis.

We live in a world obsessed with data, we rely on it for all aspects of our lives. But not all data is created equal. Sometimes it can be deceiving and contain unknown biases that will significantly affect interpretation and application. Please note that this session will be a live repeat of the Data Literacy Skills training session which ran on Friday 26 June 2020. If you attended that session, you do not need to attend this one.

Too often we fail to hold data providers to account by blindly trusting what we are told. While, at the same time, undervaluing our own industry’s gold standard currency data.

We will provide the knowledge and skills to question providers on the provenance of their data, to understand how to spot bogus or unrepresentative data and how to develop a healthy level of data scepticism.

We will highlight and explain some of the commonest interpretation mistakes so they can be avoided.

Who is the webinar for?

Anyone who deals with data on a regular basis and wants to increase their confidence to ask providers the right questions and ensure all datasets used by an agency are trusted.

What are the benefits?

  • Understand what ‘bad data’ looks like.
  • Confidence to ask the right provenance questions of providers.
  • How to spot and avoid common data interpretation / presentation mistakes.


  • Why is data literacy important?
  • Understanding the importance of design in data sourcing.
  • Review common interpretation mistakes.

Your Tutor 

Graeme Griffiths, Head of Research, IPA

Last updated 21 January 2022