The curriculum was developed in response to the results of a needs assessment conducted by Myanmar’s Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation. The assessment, which spanned multiple government ministries and civil society organizations, indicated an overwhelming desire for tools to support the changing organizational data environments across sectors in Myanmar.

Although there are many data literacy resources available, we found there was not anything that fit the precise needs of organizations in Myanmar. Specifically:

The key objectives of this course include:

Content Choices

Content priorities were developed through findings from the needs assessment and consultation with local organizations. Pilot testing was conducted to obtain feedback on the relative amount of time allocated to different topic areas. Examples and case studies are largely relevant for the Myanmar context and can be replaced with locally relevant materials as needed. Examples of additional modules that could be created include:

As noted above, the curriculum was designed to be adaptable for new content to be added and topic emphasis shifted based upon new target audiences.

Key Organizations

The curriculum was developed by the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School, in partnership with the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation.

Resources Consulted

The following resources were consulted to develop the curriculum:



Innovations for Poverty Action (2016). Goldilocks Case Study: Digital Green. Retrieved 1 July 2018, from https://www.poverty-action.org/publication/goldilocks-case-study-digital-green

Knowledge Sharing. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 1, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_sharing

Patton, M. (2012). Essentials of Utilization-focused Evaluation. Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE.

Serrat, Olivier (May 2010). The Critical Incident Technique. Knowledge Solutions, 86.

UNDP, UN Global Pulse, ‘A Guide to Data Innovation for Development: From Idea to Proof of Concept,’ 2016

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The project was made possible by the generous support of the Tableau Foundation. An initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software, the Tableau Foundation encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems though fellowships that help non-profits build data capabilities from the grassroots up.