Data Basics

Not sure where to start? Our regular programme of beginner-friendly Data Basics, led by one of our expert trainers, could be just what you need. These remote three-hour sessions are held over Zoom so you can join from wherever you are.

Meet the Trainers

Our trainers are highly experienced data and digital professionals with backgrounds in local government, the private sector and open data communities.

Introduction to GDPR

A beginner-friendly look at the principles of data protection. What are they? Why do they matter? How do they apply to you and your organisation? And the biggest question of all – what if something goes wrong?

In this session we will help you examine your data and processes and understand where the value lies.

What we cover

  • Understanding the underlying principles of existing legislation.
  • Describing when it is appropriate (and legal!) to process and share data.
  • Assessing your organisation’s compliance position.
  • Mapping the data your organisation is using, storing and processing.
  • Creating an action plan to get control of your organisation’s data.

From Data to Insight

Why do we collect data? Once we have it, what should we do with it? What problems are we trying to solve? All too often the data comes in, gets used once and is put away somewhere. We can help you breathe new life into those forgotten spreadsheets and put them to work.

What we cover

  • Describing your organisation’s goals and impacts in a way that can be evidenced with data.
  • Recognising common patterns in data, using summary statistics and simple visualisations.
  • Identifying gaps in your data or information and creating an action plan to address these.

Explore the Data Landscape

Data management can feel overwhelming. So many options, so much to consider – and all while keeping up with your other work. What are the right choices for you and your organisation? How can you keep costs down without cutting corners on quality and security?

This session will help you examine how you collect, store and use data in your organisation, and explore new opportunities for partnerships, innovation and growth.

What we cover

  • Building a map of your data landscape.
  • Using the map to identify gaps, issues and opportunities.
  • Identifying core assets and processes and the risks associated with them.
  • Creating an action plan to address the issues you’ve identified.