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Leveraging Analytics

A full-day workshop for high-level managers and leaders to explore data-driven thinking and data analysis. Using relevant examples from U.S. cities, open data and Microsoft Excel, we give students a taste of how analysts ask and answer questions using data and how policymakers apply those insights to real-life scenarios.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define data analysis and apply analytical skills to their everyday work
  • Consider data analysis as part of a larger organizational shift to data-informed decision making
  • Begin analysis by asking appropriate questions
  • Download a dataset from NYC Open Data Portal
  • Explore and visualize a dataset in Microsoft Excel
  • Interpret findings and test hypotheses


Course created by Richard Dunks, Datapolitan, with Julia Marden, Tiny Panther. Slides designed with Remark.js. Illustrations by Julia Marden, other photos and graphics are credited in the slides.

Leveraging Analytics is meant to be shared, remixed and built upon! Slides are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Let us know where you take this class next!


A full day class for high-level managers and leaders in data analytics




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