Coleridge Initiative

Training

Overview

The Applied Data Analytics programs are targeted at government agency staff and public policy analysts. Over 500 people from over 100 agencies have been trained over the past three years.

For more detailed information about the vision behind our training programs, check out Change Through Data: A Data Analytics Training Program for Government Employees in the Harvard Data Science Review.

Course Curriculum

The Applied Data Analytics curriculum has been developed in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies. The curriculum is designed to train government employees and public policy analysts how to tackle important policy problems. The project-focused learning approach shows participants how to apply modern computational and data analysis methods and tools to actual confidential data. Much of the hands-on learning involves working on pre-defined projects that are built around pre-built Jupyter notebooks which provide project “recipes” that can be customized for specific use cases as well as applied to later projects in participants’ agencies.

All work takes place in our secure platform – the Coleridge Initiative’s Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF).

The class is taught using the second edition of the textbook Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools, edited by three of the Coleridge Initiative directors (Rayid Ghani, Frauke Kreuter and Julia Lane).

Module-Based Course Delivery

Module 1 – Introduction to SQL & R: Asynchronous self-paced learning weekly for 4 weeks; weekly 1 hour chat with instructor

Modules 2 and 3: Partially asynchronous self-paced learning; partially synchronous online meeting 4 days a week 11am-1pm Eastern for 2 weeks per module; 1 hour lecture and discussion followed by 1 hour group project work with instructors. The time commitment for each module is equivalent to a 3-day in-person course.

Final presentations: Approximately 4 weeks after the end of Module 3

Source: Chapter 1.7 of the Second Edition of the textbook Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools

Upcoming Training Programs

This class will be held virtually from December 2020 through April 2021. The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is facilitating an Applied Data Analytics training program for state teams. The particular focus of this training series will be on using example data from the state of Illinois, training provider, and wage record data to examine the unemployment to reemployment trajectories of UI benefit claimants and visualize them in a dashboard.   The results will be to provide participants with (i) an understanding of how to work with similar data in their own state and (ii) the code necessary to produce a portal similar to the Illinois portal highlighted here. There will be an informational Zoom webinar describing the class on Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1pm Eastern. Registration for the webinar is available on the right-hand panel.

This class will be held virtually from December 2020 through April 2021.

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is facilitating an Applied Data Analytics training program for state teams. The particular focus of this training series will be on using example data from the state of Illinois, training provider, and wage record data to examine the unemployment to reemployment trajectories of UI benefit claimants and visualize them in a dashboard.   The results will be to provide participants with (i) an understanding of how to work with similar data in their own state and (ii) the code necessary to produce a portal similar to the Illinois portal highlighted here. There will be an informational Zoom webinar describing the class on Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1pm Eastern. Registration for the webinar is available on the right-hand panel.

This class will be held virtually from January through April 2021 The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is facilitating an Applied Data Analytics training program for state teams. The particular focus of this training series will be on using example data from the state of Illinois, training provider, and wage record data to examine the unemployment to reemployment trajectories of UI benefit claimants and visualize them in a dashboard.   The results will be to provide participants with (i) an understanding of how to work with similar data in their own state and (ii) the code necessary to produce a portal similar to the Illinois portal highlighted here. There will be an informational Zoom webinar describing the class on Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1pm Eastern. Registration for the webinar is available on the right-hand panel.

This class will be held virtually from January through April 2021 The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is facilitating an Applied Data Analytics training program for state teams. The particular focus of this training series will be on using example data from the state of Illinois, training provider, and wage record data to examine the unemployment to reemployment trajectories of UI benefit claimants and visualize them in a dashboard.   The results will be to provide participants with (i) an understanding of how to work with similar data in their own state and (ii) the code necessary to produce a portal similar to the Illinois portal highlighted here. There will be an informational Zoom webinar describing the class on Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1pm Eastern. Registration for the webinar is available on the right-hand panel.

There will be a 2020 Applied Data Analytics workshop in California. Participants will work in teams with state child welfare, education, and employment agency data. The specific focus of the workshop will be on connecting child welfare data with education, housing, and workforce outcomes. The program will provide instruction on using big data tools including SQL and R. Participants will receive training on core data tools such as record linkage and data visualization as well as cutting-edge training in machine learning.

Current Training Programs

This class will be held online from September – December 2020

In this Applied Data Analytics training program, participants will work in teams to define and complete a project related to career pathways for doctoral recipients. The program will provide up-to-date perspectives and hands-on instruction on using micro data in SQL and R for tasks such as data management, record linkage, data visualization, and machine learning.


Previous Training Programs

Sample Projects

Kentucky - Summer 2020

The Coleridge Initiative’s Applied Data Analytics workshop in Kentucky focused on connecting education and job training data with workforce outcomes using state education and employment agency data and core data tools such as record linkage and data visualization as well as cutting edge training in machine learning.

TDC - Washington, DC - Spring 2020

The Coleridge Initiative’s TDC training program focused on core data analysis techniques such as data exploration, record linkage and data visualization using confidential TANF recipient and wage record data. Virtual program.

Introduction to Big Data for Social Science
Short Course 2020

The Coleridge Initiative’s Introduction to Big Data for Social Science training program focused on presenting key big data tools to social and data scientists. Virtual program.

Applied Data Analytics - OSU 2020

The Coleridge Initiative’s Applied Data Analytics training program focused on connecting education and job training data with workforce outcomes. Held in Columbus, OH.

Applied Data Analytics - NCSES 2019

The Coleridge Initiative’s Applied Data Analytics training program focused on employment outcomes for doctoral recipients. Held in Washington, DC.

Applied Data Analytics - USDA 2019

The Coleridge Initiative’s Applied Data Analytics training program focused on food purchasing patterns of households participating in the WIC program. Held in Washington, DC.

Applied Data Analytics - TANF Data Collaborative 2019

The Coleridge Initiative’s Applied Data Analytics training program focused on employment outcomes of TANF recipients. Held in College Park, MD.

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Highlights

“…hearing the topics in the class taught by experts felt as though a veil was lifted.”

“…knowing what’s possible has helped tremendously in influencing the reality of our projects”

“My colleague and I have found several ways to use Python to make our work processes more efficient.”