Finding the Perfect Mix for 2024 and Beyond!

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The vision of United Nations (UN) 2.0 emphasizes the importance of acquiring five essential skills to enhance the work of United Nations entities in supporting Member States: Data, Innovation, Strategic Foresight, and Digital and Behavioural Science. While the UN 2.0 principles are applied to member-states, the five essential skills may also guide organizations on varying scales – from micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to large organizations and multinationals. UN 2.0 emphasizes building modern data expertise through Data Science and Analytics, aiming to improve data collection, management, governance, and utilization from diverse sources to generate valuable insights and drive action.

Cultivating innovation guided by data requires developing skills to generate, test, and scale up novel ideas that bring sustainable benefits to organizations. From Data Analytics, we know what we know and learn about what we do not know; we can build on expertise that involves adopting solutions that enhance connectivity, product development and service delivery, collaboration, and organizational decision-making. Expertise supports our enterprises, which, through data, leverage strategic foresight. This entails learning structured methods to navigate change, envision better futures, and make well-informed decisions.

Together with Data Science, using the tools of Behavioural Science involves fostering an understanding of human behaviour and decision-making to create choices that align with human behaviour and organizational performance and culture. Both are crucial for achieving more advanced and effective organizational systems. With our training, teaching and training events, The OBM Academy has the Perfect Mix: Data Science & Data Analytics, and Behavioural Science.

Data can potentially bring about significant changes in organizations and the lives of clients and stakeholders. For instance, if an institution engaged in agricultural enterprise has challenges with the supply of food, data analysis of environmental conditions may help us to cultivate better crop choices and supply the demand without wasting too much time, effort and resources that are already scarce. This example can be applied in parallel to product development and service innovation in various organizations.

Using data to support organizational strategic efforts makes upgrading data capabilities across and within organizations imperative. Organizations can drive progress in all programs or initiatives they plan and implement by harnessing advanced data analytics, ethical use of Artificial Intelligence and visualization techniques. A comprehensive data ecosystem maximizes the potential of data, focuses on practical use cases, and enhances data management, analytics, and machine learning skills. Improved data capacities would result in improved decision-making, reduced service data gaps, enhanced data sharing, greater efficiency, increased transparency, and better support for employees and leadership teams, all of which are potential goals that can be identified and achieved through systematic change or improvement in performance using the tools of Behavioural Science.

Developing and using a comprehensive data ecosystem becomes more productive when tied with the tools offered by Behavioural Science, as these tools can potentially improve employees’ and leadership teams’ performance. By nurturing Behavioural Science expertise, we can better understand how people behave, make decisions, and respond to policies and incentives while collecting data and analyzing these behaviours and performance. Knowledge from these can help create better choices and positive changes, especially in areas of gaps or needs identified within organizations.

Data plays a vital role in powering digital systems and decision-making in organizations. It reveals gaps and needs, optimizes routes to innovation and development and determines if our goals are achieved with impact. By employing behavioural approaches and foresight, which have a human-centric approach to planning, we enhance the reliability of our data and utilize it to inform our actions.

Data science and Behavioural Science are the perfect blend to ensure the success of well-designed initiatives and cultivate a culture of innovation that facilitates their widespread adoption and implementation of change, development and progress.

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