As the primary users of open data, city employees often have questions about the uses and issues around open data. With the growing trend towards making an ever-increasing amount of data available to the public, it's important city employees at all levels understand the opportunities and challenges of open data. This half-day course introduces participants to the idea and practice of open data with a discussion of the history of open data, the nature of open data, examples of how open data has been used to help cities be more responsive to their citizens, and examples when open data has been abused. The course offers city employees the opportunity to ask questions about open data, explore open data portals, and get hands-on experience working with open data in a basic exercise.
This course introduces participants, especially managers and executives, to the concept of data-driven decision-making and management. Participants will learn how to better use data for setting goals and defining objectives, while identifying the proper metrics for those objectives and the elements of meaningful management dashboards. Participants will also learn how to assess the right analytical tools to manage projects, processes, and analytic staff within their departments.
A two-day workshop for mid-level managers to explore data-driven thinking and data analysis. Using relevant examples from U.S. cities, open data, and Microsoft Excel, we give participants a taste of how analysts ask and answer questions using data and how policymakers apply those insights to real-life scenarios.
A full-day workshop for high-level managers and leaders to explore data-driven thinking and data analysis. Using relevant examples from U.S. cities, open data and Microsoft Excel, we give students a taste of how analysts ask and answer questions using data and how policymakers apply those insights to real-life scenarios.