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Driving Value from Data: Take your first steps in unlocking data innovation in your organisation

In our mission to help Scotland maximise value from data we are delighted to launch “Driving Value from Data”, a free online course designed to help unlock data innovation within your organisation. Registration for the first run of the course is now open on FutureLearn.

Our CEO Gillian Docherty shares an overview of the course

“Since The Data Lab started over five years ago one of the biggest barriers we have seen in achieving value from data driven innovation has been educating decision makers to move beyond data as a compliance and security issue to leveraging data as an organisational asset used to improve decision making, drive operational efficiencies or even create new streams of revenue.

“This is the reason we created our executive education programme which has now been delivered in person to over 1000 people across 150 organisations in Scotland and wider UK, helping them to unlock the value of data within their organisations.

“Given the success of the face-to-face course and our mission to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future, we are now delighted to launch Driving Value from Data, a free* online course created to enable anyone in Scotland, and around the world, to learn how to take their first steps in data innovation.


“I can now understand why data is important, identify and classify data and opportunities within my organisation and justify the investment required”


Our new online course for decision makers across industry

Created by our Executive Advisor Craig Paterson (former Head of Strategy at Clydesdale Bank) and hosted on the FutureLearn platform, Driving Value from Data covers areas including:

· Case studies and interviews from data leaders across The Data Lab’s network

· Tools to both assess maturity and plan your future strategy

· Guidance on how to transition from strategy to successful execution.

· Interactive discussion with the online learning cohort

The course is designed for decision makers across industry, the public and third sectors who could be:

· Accountable for driving value in their organisations

· Aiming to drive value from the information they already have

· Data professionals building the case to convince senior stakeholders to invest in data driven innovation.

In addition, the course will be useful to data professionals and students who want to understand the strategic aspects of launching a new data initiative.

“Finally, a data course that cuts through the hype and buzzwords and just shows me how I can drive value from data in my organisation. It’s brilliant!”


Learn more and register to join us on 20th January

Starting on 20th January and running over a four-week period (approximately 12 hours of study), registration is now open via FutureLearn.

We are excited to launch this course and hope you will join us in January as part of the first cohort.


*The course is free to study, there is an optional cost to complete the end of course test and to get a certificate on completion

Watch the 30 second video to find out more about our Driving Value from Data course


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