L&D’s Relationship with Data

Aug 7, 2018 | Featured, General, Pulse Reports, Research

What does L&D’s relationship with data look like today?

With over 150 L&D leaders from a variety of sectors and organisations of all sizes taking part in the Towards Maturity L&D Data Pulse, this report analyses why it is important to use data effectively and outlines pathways to success and real impact.

About this report

Having the skill to explore and analyse data is one of the highest priorities for future L&D teams (96% of 700+ L&D professionals from our Annual Health Check identify data analytics as a skill needed in the next two years).

There are tremendous opportunities for L&D to harness data to continually improve the experience and process of learning across the business. We asked L&D leaders, “what do you want data help you achieve?”

Four key areas emerged:

  1. Improve decisions
    L&D leaders expect data to help them review, understand business problems and identify the most effective course of action.
  1. Make smart recommendations
    L&D leaders want to be able to use data to make suggestions that make sense at an individual and organisational level.
  1. Track business problems
    L&D leaders want to know whether they have been successful in implementing their learning strategy.
  1. Enhance experience
    L&D leaders want to use data to understand design factors that help improve user experience and engage individuals in the workplace.

However, this report finds that L&D professionals are struggling to understand the data they collect and how it adds value. Many in L&D see data as being too complicated and heavily regulated. The highest barriers reported, among others, relate to a lack of L&D knowledge, data skills and the ability to harmonise multiple sources and streams of data.

  • 51% say they cannot use data effectively due to L&D lacking in-house data skills
  • 48% report that L&D lack of knowledge is a serious barrier to exploring and exploiting data effectively

As a result, around one in ten organisations, who on average collect data on 14 areas, never analyse the data they collect. Data has little value when it is not analysed.

Our 15 years of experience in the field of analytics and research has shown us that impact is underpinned not by what data we gather but what questions we are starting with.

Read on to explore L&D’s:

  1. Relationship with data
  2. Expectation of data vs reality
  3. Challenges to overcome
  4. Pathways to success

Data for this report is drawn from:

  • The Towards Maturity L&D Data Pulse with data from over 150 L&D leaders.

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This report is sponsored by Kineo, Filtered and HT2 Labs. By downloading this report, you confirm that you’re happy for your details to be passed to the report sponsors, for the purposes of receiving information on relevant products and services. If you do not wish for your details to be passed on, simply contact us for a copy of the PDF.

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