ONE DAY WORKSHOP
Gain fundamental data skills to support effective decision making
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Day 1 - Tuesday 28th April, 2020

8:30
Registration, coffee & networking
8:45
Welcome & getting to know the room
9:00
Introduction to data

Data collection process

  • Survey versus census
  • Different types of surveys
  • Sampling and non-sampling errors • Selection bias

Types of data and quality

  • Types of data
  • Factors that affect the quality of data

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
The essentials of exploratory data analysis
  • Introduction to basic statistics and what they measure: mean, standard error, quartiles, max, min and range
  • Demystifying tables and graphs (e.g. histograms, line graphs, box graphs, etc.)

12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
Advanced exploratory data analysis
  • Understanding confidence intervals
  • Understanding how two variables are related: what covariance, correlations, scatter plots and correlation matrices tell us
  • Understanding how data can fool you
  • Distinguishing between correlation versus causality

3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
Introduction to policy evaluation
  • The essentials of randomised controlled trials
  • The essentials, pitfalls and limitations of linear regressions
  • Quasi-experimental designs:
    • Difference in differences (pre-post with-without comparison)
    • Regression discontinuity design

5:00
Closing remarks & close of Workshop
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Key Speakers

Dr Hoa Nguyen
Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University