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Data 101: an introduction to understanding and using data (for Councillors)



To introduce you to some top tips, tools and resources to help you understand and use data effectively.

This course is specifically aimed at local authority Councillors. It focuses on understanding and using data in relation to your role as a Councillor.

It is a high-level, introductory course aimed at beginners and those new to using data. It is intentionally ‘basic’ in its approach and content. No previous knowledge of data or statistics is required.


Data is fundamental to how we function as humans. We use data every day, many times a day, probably without even knowing it. It’s data that helps us understand what’s going on and what needs to be done.

Therefore, it’s important, that we have the right data and that we can understand and use it effectively. Our training course offers practical guidance to help build skills and confidence in understanding and using data. In our course we will talk about the different types of data and how to find it. We will guide you through a series of questions designed to help make sure you understand the data you are working with. This will be followed by some techniques to help turn data into knowledge.


By the end of the course you will understand:

  • what data is and how to find it
  • the questions you need to ask to make sure you understand data
  • some basic techniques for using data.


If you’d like further information on this course, you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, or you’d like to book onto this course, please email Róisín.roberts@data.cymru or call 029 2090 9599.

Need further information?


If you’d like further information about this course, then please contact Róisín Roberts. Róisín is our Data Insight and Engagement officer. She supports our engagement and improvement work. She also leads our capacity building work programme.

029 2090 9599