Analytics talent is in such demand that a Harvard Business Review headline referred to data scientist as “the sexiest job of the 21st century.”1 Employers across sectors are anxiously hiring. Yet is hiring quickly the only way for agencies to continue to build the human services analytics workforce?
When it comes to growing this talent pool, the best return on investment in cost, staff time and results comes when agencies prepare first and hire last. Well before hiring, they must understand agency culture, assess and grow the talent they have, and explore creative, even unconventional, sources of human services analytics expertise.
1Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century,” October 2012, http://hbr.org/2012/10/data-scientist-the-sexiest-job-of-the-21st-century/ar/1, accessed April 24, 2014.