Offered by: John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Taught by: Josh Hawley, Associate Professor
Days and Times: M/W, 2:20-3:40 p.m.
This course provides an orientation to the use of data for decision-making in the public
sector. The emphasis in the course is how to use data in context – when organizations
require the analysis of sophisticated data in order to achieve goals or priorities. Topics in
the class include:
- Data use and decision making in the public sector;
- Legal and ethical framework for data use in the public sector;
- Use of data sciences in evaluation, planning, and performance reporting;
- Visualization techniques in public policy analysis;
- Geographic analysis; and
- Statistical tools to improve the use of data in decision-making.
This course is an introduction for students interested in big data and public affairs, and
focuses on data science methods in the public sector. This teaches both an understanding
of the technical and methodological challenges of working with government data, but also
the ethical and legal restrictions government places on data utilization.
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