Thinking Like A Data Scientist

I recently came upon a great blog article from Harvard Business Review entitled “How To Start Thinking Like A Data Scientist.” 

The exercise described in the article is one that church councils, Conference and Association committees, and various visioning teams can do. No longer should the church be a place where data illiteracy proliferates! Data collection and analysis opportunities abound and are simpler than we might think, if we develop an intentional “eye” for this kind of investigation.

Why is developing data literacy such an important task, especially to the church? While we are always open to the workings of the Spirit in our visioning and planning, it is important to engage in “data work” before undertaking any ministry project or new direction. It’s easy to dream up ideas and plans; but if there is no initial testing of these ideas or any evidence to suggest they will bear any fruit, then the plans require a second look.

The ultimate goal of becoming a data-savvy individual is to affect outcomes–whether it be for policies, projects, or processes. The more we know, the better we do. At least, that’s the hope…



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