Whether in policy development, program management or service delivery, data skills are essential for all Australian Public Service (APS) employees to support evidence-based, informed decision making.
Building foundation level data literacy
Data literacy is the ability to identify, locate, interpret and evaluate information and then communicate key insights effectively. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has developed a suite of resources to lift APS data literacy. The suite includes comprehensive eLearning modules, workshops and self-directed learning. These introductory resources have been developed for APS employees at all levels who are not data specialists.
These modules are available free of charge to all APS employees. You can use the links below to access them. You will need to create a profile in APSLearn. If you already have an APSLearn profile you can also use the search function to navigate to the modules. You can complete the modules in any order, although we recommend starting with Module 1.
Module 1 - Using data in the APS
Module 2 - Undertaking research
Module 3 - Using statistics
Module 4 - Visualising information
Module 5 - Providing evidence to decision makers
The APSC is also developing a series of workshops to extend the eLearning modules. These will provide an opportunity for supported practice and to confirm your grasp of concepts with an expert facilitator. The first workshop: Using statistics, is now ready. For more information and to register for the program use the following link:
Self-directed learning resources
If you would like to do more to develop your data skills you can use the APS data literacy learning guide. The guide provides links to a wealth of information and learning resources to help build data skills and knowledge. The guide enables learners and managers to access relevant information when they need it. The guide is attached to this page.
For more information about the APS data literacy resources, please contact capability [at] apsc.gov.au