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University of Michigan

Data Analytics in the Public Sector with R

University of Michigan via Coursera Specialization


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Every government entity collects and stores millions of data points to perform administrative and legislative duties, allocate resources, and make decisions. Professionals in the public sector need the necessary skills to accurately interpret and inform administrators and policymakers about the meaning behind these data. This Specialization will equip you with fundamental technical skills using the R programming language to gather, manipulate, analyze, visualize, and interpret data to inform public policy and public administrative functions. Throughout four courses, you will gain new skills using the popular tidyverse packages, such as dplyr for data manipulation and ggplot for visualization. You will identify and address common political and ethical challenges in data analysis, and better understand public administration and public policy concepts using hands-on activities with real-world data sets. This course series is ideal for current or early-career professionals in the public sector looking to gain skills in analyzing public data effectively. There are no prerequisites, though programming experience, ideally with the R language, and basic applied statistics knowledge are recommended. The Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate offers such foundational skills. You will earn a dual badge when you complete the Google Career Certificate and this Specialization. All coursework is completed in RStudio in Coursera without the need to install additional software


Course 1: Fundamentals of Data Analytics in the Public Sector with R
- Offered by University of Michigan. Gain a foundational understanding of key terms and concepts in public administration and public policy ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Exploratory Data Analysis for the Public Sector with ggplot
- Offered by University of Michigan. Learn about the core pillars of the public sector and the core functions of public administration through ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Assisting Public Sector Decision Makers With Policy Analysis
- Offered by University of Michigan. Develop data analysis skills that support public sector decision-makers by performing policy analysis ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Politics and Ethics of Data Analytics in the Public Sector
- Offered by University of Michigan. Deepen your understanding of the power and politics of data in the public sector, including how values — ... Enroll for free.

Taught by

Christopher Brooks and Paula Lantz


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