Data literacy and capacity building

The concept of data literacy is gradually gaining ground in discussions about the “Data Revolution”, policymakers and activists have recognized the need for citizens to appropriate and use the amount of data available in society.

Although the concept is in evidence, there is a shortage, both in the market and in the academic world, whether in Brazil or abroad, of people trained in data science and / or social sciences with a specialization in quantitative research. As a result, skills training programs in data science, schools, and civil society organizations fighting for digital inclusion, as well as advocates for open data and civic technology, are beginning to emerge.

Data-Pop Alliance has developed and implemented several projects in Brazil to address this issue and is expanding its work to other realms of research and policy in the future.  


Our initiative with the University of Manchester

EmpoderaData, from the Portuguese word empoderar for to empower, builds upon the success of the Q-Step program. Q-Step, for Quantitative Step, was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates in the United Kingdom. University of Manchester (UoM) is one of 15 centers taking part in a £19.5 million program designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training.

Together, University of Manchester and Data-Pop Alliance will expand upon the program’s excellent results, exploring this model in the Global South as the “EmpoderaData Project”. The project aims to promote a virtuous cycle of social transformation by fostering data literacy skills applied to addressing our society’s most pressing issues in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To kick-off this initiative, DPA, UoM, and Fundação Getulio Vargas EAESP (FGV) jointly organized a workshop on Data Literacy and SDGs in Latin America. The workshop followed an open seminar on “Big Data for Social Good” which gathered over 80 participants from different sectors and discussed ongoing initiatives leveraging ‘big data’ for research and public policy in Brazil and Latin America at large. As a result of the workshop, a community of practice has been formed and participants have been invited to private working groups on Slack.

Capacity Building​

Big Data, Digital Economy, and Sustainable Development

In September 2017, Data-Pop Alliance conducted a training in conjunction with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in São Paulo. Over three days the more than 40 participants learned to develop and implement Big Data innovation projects, policies, and partnerships in support of sustainable development objectives. Learn more about this event here.

More information on our capacity building workshops can be found here.


Data-Pop Alliance has offered trainings in São Paulo with the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (CETIC) and the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC) annually from 2016 through 2019.

The most recent edition included a session by Emmanuel Letouzé titled “Data for public statistics: Data Science, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence”.