CAMBRIDGE (POST DOC MASTERCLASS) 2016
University of Cambridge, England
Course: Post Doc Masterclass
Teachers: Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D. and Margie Johnson, Ed.D.
Location: University of Cambridge, Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1SB, United Kingdom
Description: Even before Florence Nightingale saved lives with pie charts, data has been used to inform life-changing decisions. Yet data cannot prove helpful if the data’s implications are not understood. Two bodies of research are presented that can inform how data in life science fields is shared with others to maximize understanding. The first body of research involves a quantitative study and synthesis of over 300 studies, resulting in standards that can be followed when reporting data. These standards were shown to improve people’s understanding of given data by up to 436%. The second study relates to building the capacity of data users. The Data-Informed Decision-Making Ecosystem, which is used at one of the largest school districts in the United States, will be summarized as a set of best practices those in the life sciences can apply when they share their data with others.