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Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication by Patrick Schuermann, Richard Galentino, Chris Gemignani, Zach Gemignani

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Feature The Data Fluency Inventory

What gets measured gets done!

—Any management expert

The Data Fluency Inventory (DFI) is a tool that assesses your organization’s ability to effectively communicating with data. In addition to measuring skills necessary for data fluency, it measures the value employees place on effective data communication. Ideally, your organization is measuring what you value most. However, this is not always the case. We designed the DFI to assist you in aligning your values, measurement, and actions. Specifically, the DFI will help you identify those areas and individuals within your organization that value and demonstrate data fluency, and those that need help.

At the individual level, the DFI measures the competency of data consumers and data authors. Do employees understand the data presented to them? Do they possess the skills necessary to create effective data presentations?

At the organizational level, aggregate scores across a team, a business unit, or an entire organization give leaders insight into where to direct resources and training to improve data literacy. What percentage of your organization is data literate? Do you have enough data product authors in your organization? Does your organization’s culture value data fluency?

Lastly, the inventory has items to assess the building blocks of a data ecosystem. The DFI measures whether policies and procedures are in place to foster effective communication with data. Are data consumers, data product ...

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