An update from the team
Hello from the Data Professional Stream Team at the ABS! Six months ago the Data Professional Stream was launched, and this update will reflect on some of the interesting, innovative projects and initiatives that are underway, and all geared towards our fundamental priority to uplift public servants' data capability. The data profession uses co design for all initiatives, to make sure that what is delivered is developed with our end users in mind. That includes you, dear reader! The information, opportunities and frameworks created through the Data Professional Stream need to be valuable to current and future potential APS employees, people working in corporate services functions, and APS agency executives. Successful delivery also relies on cross agency leadership and collaboration, which is already underway with 24 agencies playing key roles in developing the Data Professional Stream.
Before diving into our update, let me introduce the rest of the core ABS based team - Alana Butler, Kara Williams, Manda Malekin, and Meredith Padgett. Our role is to support the Head of Profession, Dr David Gruen in promoting and raising awareness of the Data Professional Stream, lead and manage key projects, and connect across the Digital and HR Professional streams and the APSC. Read on to learn about a few of the initiatives underway.
Data Capability Framework - Consider being able to use one source of information that would enable data interested employees to see what capabilities they may need to develop to become a data scientist? How about coordinating a multi-agency data professional recruitment campaign; and all agencies referring to the same capabilities to determine workforce gaps and needs? The first foundational initiative underway is the Data Capability Framework that supports the building of data professionalisation across the public sector. A cross agency working group, using a co design approach will present next steps to our governance network shortly.
Data roles – The ATO are leading the development of data roles and role descriptions drawing from their own role review program and sourcing other agencies in similar exercises. Additional phases will look to the new capability framework for inclusion and/or reference. Consultation, testing, and iteration will also be built into the approach to make sure the data roles are broadly useful, applicable and also adaptable to suit agency and employee needs across the sector.
Data literacy learning pathways– The Data Profession exists to develop critical data capabilities across the service for improved services, and our early discovery work revealed that included foundational data capabilities that will help all employees engage and communicate with data every day for better work outcomes. Services Australia will be building on their own data literacy foundations development program, and the 2020-21 Data Champions Network data literacy project to develop service wide applicable data literacy learning pathways.
Immersion experiences - If you follow the 70:20:10 guide for effective learning and development, then you will agree that learning through experience is optimal for capability uplift. The immersion initiative is currently in a discovery phase, collecting and synthesising learnings from pilots like job swaps (e.g. ABS-BoM job swap) and intensive secondments. All data profession invested agencies are encouraged to test immersion activities and can contact the core ABS team to get started.
Data Leadership masterclass- working in partnership with a university, the profession will pilot a short course for non-data leaders to uplift key capabilities required to work with data in the public service and raise awareness of better ways and means to use data advantageously. We look forward to evaluating participant experiences.
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Director, Data Professional Stream