data for training
analyzing data for training

Data

(DAY-tuh)

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What is Data?

Data is quantitative or qualitative points of measurement, information, or statistics. In training, data can you help you:

  • Identify training needs
  • Persuade your audience
  • Empower learners to use data in their work

Other Common Names

Other common names for data include:

  • Metrics
  • Stats
  • KPIs

Key Properties

The core properties of element 43, data (Dt) are:

  • A collection of information to be analyzed
  • Can be qualitative or quantitative
How can you incorporate data into training?

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Elements that Are Sure to Bond with Data

audience response systemsAudience Response

Sometimes the most powerful data is the information generated by your own learners. Integrated live audience response tools that survey, poll, or ask open-ended questions of your learners can offer insights and data to which you can refer throughout your program.

googleGoogle

Using Google to perform a quick double-check on the accuracy or veracity of your statistics can help prevent offering misinformation. Beyond the numbers, a Google search can lead you to articles and research that offers more context to the data you plan to share.

change managementChange Management

Regardless of the instructional design model you choose, your initial step will be to analyze learner needs. Researching data that shows evidence for the need of your learning initiative, and then sharing that data with your learners, can be a powerful “what’s in it for me” opening to your session.