Indiana trains 1,800 Employees in Data Literacy
Indiana’s Data Proficiency Program has trained over 1,800 state employees in data literacy since its launch in May 2021. The program aims to improve data literacy using short videos and open data available on the state’s Data Hub. This shows the importance of data literacy and encourages other states to develop similar programs.
Indiana Chief Data Officer, Josh Martin, announced that over 1,800 state employees have taken Indiana’s Data Proficiency Program since its launch in May 2021. The program aims to improve employee data literacy by offering a voluntary data education route. The pandemic highlighted the global lack of data literacy, leading Martin’s office to develop an in-house program using online courses from Arizona State University. The program focuses on easily approachable commendations to encourage employees to engage, with most lessons comprising short videos. Martin said the agency used a “whole state” approach to build the program, including deciding what courses to offer and handling outreach.
The program uses open data available on the state’s Data Hub, enabling employees to gain an education using data relevant to their work. The program’s success is expected to promote the importance of data literacy and encourage other states to develop similar programs.