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McCourt School of Public Policy

Policy in Numbers: Quant for Non-Quants

Nov 7—8, 2019
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1995
USD 997 per day

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Do you want to be able to assess for yourself quantitative studies submitted in proceedings or performed by your own experts? Are you without quantitative training, or is your quantitative training out of date? While these studies may seem inscrutable, with a crash course in the basics, you can make a high level critique of most studies. This course aims to equip non-quantitative policy makers with the tools they need to work in the new world of quantitative work and big data.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of quantitative analysis;
  • Critique quantitative studies for major deficiencies typically present;
  • Supervise quantitative staff working on or summarizing quantitative studies in a variety of contexts;
  • Contribute constructively to quantitative work used in policy making; and
  • Understand whether further study in quantitative methods is for you.

Who should attend

  • Policy makers not trained in quantitative methods who want to have a voice in policy involving quantitative methods (which is basically all policy at this point);
  • Working professionals who work for businesses, think tanks, and advocacy groups that may need to affect the outcome of government policy by creating and/or understanding supporting or opposing quantitative studies;
  • Professionals who were once quantitatively trained but who have not used those skills for a long time and need a refresher;
  • Government employees who may wish to move into a policy-making role with a quantitative component; or
  • Professionals seeking to move into a career in government policy making with a quantitative component.


Andrew S. Wise (PhD, Economics, George Mason University) is a Supervisory Economist, and Deputy Chief of the Industry Analysis Division, in the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is also an experienced Public Policy Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at ...

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