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Self-Guided Online Course

Interpreting Data with Greater Accuracy and Insight (PA 205)


Description
As data becomes more readily available and is increasingly used to inform decisions, the ability to question and interpret data with a critical eye is becoming an essential skill for all leaders. In this course, you will learn concepts and techniques that will help you interpret data more accurately and draw stronger insights from analytic products. You will also be prompted to determine which concepts are most relevant to your work and explore how you can use this knowledge to strengthen your own use of data.

Whether you regularly work with data, or you approach it with hesitancy, this course will strengthen your ability to be a savvy consumer of data and use data to drive decision-making.

Start Date: 04/01/2020

Content
  • Welcome to the Course
  • Welcome to the Course
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • Course Introduction
  • How to Navigate the Course and the LMS
  • Transcript How to Navigate the Course and the LMS
  • Please Download: Student Coursebook
  • Module 1 - Interpreting Data with Greater Accuracy
  • Module 1 Overview
  • Video Lecture: Avoid Common Mistakes - Reading Data with Caution
  • Additional Data Visualization Resources (Optional)
  • Exercises: Avoid Common Mistakes - Reading Data with Caution
  • Video Lecture: Talking about Percent Change
  • Review p. 6 "Change Over Time - Talking About Percent Change" in the Coursebook
  • Exercises: Talking About Percent Change
  • Module 2 - Understanding the Underlying Population
  • Module 2 Overview
  • Video Lecture: Defining & Understanding Your Population - Part 1
  • Video Lecture: Defining & Understanding Your Population - Part 2
  • Application: Example In The News
  • Exercises: Defining & Understanding Your Population
  • Video Lecture: Calculating an Average? Check your Median!
  • Read: Why Averages Are Not to Be Trusted
  • Exercises: Calculating an Average? Check your Median!
  • Application: Complete p. 11 "Populations in My Data" in the Coursebook
  • Module 3 - DRawing Meaningful Insights from Data
  • Module 3 Overview
  • Video Lecture: Identifying Patterns in Time-Based Data
  • Read: Seasonality In Business And Economics: A Primer (Optional)
  • Exercises: Identifying Patterns in Time-Based Data
  • Video Lecture: Disaggregating Data to Draw More Meaningful Insights
  • Read: How Data Disaggregation Matters for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Exercises: Disaggregating Data to Draw More Meaningful Insights
  • Video Lecture - Data Quality Issues Impacting Your Performance Data
  • Read: Equity in 311 Reporting - Differences in Residents’ Propensity to Complain
  • Exercises: Data Quality Issues Impacting Your Performance Data
  • Application: Complete p. 15-17 "My Data Dynamics" in the Coursebook
  • Final Assessment and Course Wrap-up
  • Final Assessment
  • Video: Course Wrap-Up
  • Post-Course Survey
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Exercises: Avoid Common Mistakes - Reading Data with Caution, Exercises: Talking About Percent Change, Exercises: Defining & Understanding Your Population, Exercises: Disaggregating Data to Draw More Meaningful Insights, Final Assessment, Post-Course Survey"
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever