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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPS 5153 - Data and Decision Making in Public Service (3)

Data solutions are being promoted as a way to address public issues, but with little consideration of how, where, and when it is most likely to be successful. This course focuses on the practice and understanding of techniques, tools, and processes for the use of data in decision-making, policy and social analysis, program evaluation and messaging. The course focuses on publicly available data, and the analysis of real-world challenges and cases. The course introduces students to key frameworks, questions, and considerations when determining the value of available data. The course emphasizes the importance of interrogating data, evaluating collection methods, and the iterative process needed to make better decisions for the public good.  Students will also learn how to effectively use data in ways that connect with and educate constituencies. The strategic use of program-level and big data will be explored.