We live in a data rich society. Data is everywhere and in quantities we have never experienced. It is critically important for policy leaders, analysts, and program managers to gain an understanding of how data science can be used to positively support the decision-making process. Knowledge and proficiency in data science is becoming an increasingly desirable skill for individuals in all levels of government, non-profit, and business. Whatever the objective, a strong understanding of data science enables us to forecast emerging trends, identify potential future behaviour, discover patterns, inform policy, and generate meaning from the vast amount of data that streams in and through our work environments.
This course aims to provide participants with a strong understanding of the basic concepts of data science, how to apply them to their daily work, and how to adopt a data-oriented mindset.
Overview course – programming and statistical skills are not essential.
Exercises will be completed with the help of free online software (no installation required).