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Crawford School of Public Policy

Data Analysis for Decision-Making and Policy Reports

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Policy professionals often need to analyse data as well as interpret and evaluate the impact of a policy. Data analysis skills are essential, but a practitioner can easily get lost in a maze of jargon, techniques, philosophies, and choices of computer software. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to confidently work with data and make evidence-based decisions. It is also a place for participants to be exposed to practical and modern tools with mathematics kept to a minimum. The course will focus on examples and the practicalities of the Australian and international environment. Come armed with questions and learn through interactive exercises to confidently interpret and analyse the data that you use in your day-to-day work.

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This is a one-day course with four sessions, 1.5-2 hours each. Participants will start with fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistics and move up to working with real-life examples in computers. There are no formal prerequisites, though prior experience with Microsoft Excel will help move faster. Participants will practice data summary skill, making inference from data, looking for numerical evidence as well as analyzing their robustness. The course also discusses how to use available data to evaluate policy impacts and support decision-making process.


Hoang Long Chu is interested in developing applied models to support policy-making & policy evaluation processes in the following areas: Biosecurity and disease controls: quarantine, surveillance & vaccination Extraction strategy and infrastructure development of water & fishery res...