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 have an understanding of how data science can be used to positively support the decision-making processes of the public service. A knowledge and skill base in data sciences is becoming an increasing desirable 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 and how to apply them to their daily work. You will gain a stronger insight your own strengths and areas that could use improvement.
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Peter Norman Levesque, KSJ, MA, is a social entrepreneur, teacher, and strategy consultant based in Ottawa. He has over thirty years of experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors on issues of innovation, strategy, and knowledge sharing. His career has included success as an entrepreneur, an executive leader, and a founder of multiple organizations. He currently serves on several boards of international foundations and research centres. When not teaching at the University of Ottawa, he serves as president of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, and maintains a busy consulting practice. Peter is an experienced and sought after speaker, facilitator, and commentator on issues of education, research, knowledge, and strategy.