Applied Data Analytics training program focused on return to social benefit programs
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Applied Data Analytics training program – Social Benefit Programs (2017)

The Coleridge Initiative's Applied Data Analytics training program focused on social benefit programs.

Class Overview and Projects

The Coleridge Initiative Applied Data Analytics Training Program is designed to equip public policy professionals with advanced computer science and data science skills. The program provides a hands-on introduction to data analytics topics ranging from basic SQL and Python coding to running and interpreting machine learning models. Application to real-world issues is key to the organization of the program.

Data Available for Class

For both class notebooks and team projects, participants of the Applied Data Analytics Training Program have access to several datasets, including confidential micro-data hosted on the secure Administrative Data Research Facility platform. The datasets available included:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
  • Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES)
  • New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program data
  • Census LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES)

Program Schedule

Day 1: Introduction, Core Datasets & Git

Day 2: SQL & Databases

Day 3: Python for Data Analysis

Day 4: Visualization and APIs

Day 5: Record Linkage and Spatial Analysis

Day 6: Network Analysis

Day 7: Introduction to Machine Learning

Day 8: Machine Learning

Day 9: Text Analysis

Day 10: Web Scraping

Day 11: Inference & Big Data

Day 12: Privacy & Confidentiality

Final Presentations