Decision-making: using statistics

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course


This course is full.
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This practical course will help you learn more about the statistics you use, and give you the skills and confidence to use them.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 8 August 2018
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

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Important information about your enrolment

All full day subscription courses are $1,350 (GST incl) unless otherwise specified. Maximum class size is 22 participants. Full day courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of 3 or more participants. To receive the group discount, registrations must include full details of all participants attending.

Cancellations or changes to course registrations should be provided in writing to at the earliest opportunity. Substitutions of registrants or shifting to other courses is permissible but subject to approval and may incur a cost.

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Course overview

Policymakers and their assistants often need to analyze the connection between various indicators in the policy-making process. They may also want to evaluate the impact of a policy or interpret the numbers that they are interested in. Sometimes, they just want to draw a story-telling graph or table from a heap of data which can help communicate their message effectively in presentations and reports. Statistical skills are the key here, but a practitioner can easily get lost in a maze of jargons, techniques, philosophies, and choices of computer software.

This course is designed to give non-statisticians the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently work with data and come up with evidence-based decisions. It is also an avenue for people who have some ideas about statistics from classrooms or simply those who are not utilizing it for a while, to expose themselves to practical and modern statistical tools that are available around them. Mathematics will be kept to a minimum and the course will focus on examples and the practicalities of the Australian and international statistical environment. Come armed with questions and learn through interactive exercises to interpret and analyze with confidence the data that you use in your day-to-day work.

The Decision-making: using complex data course is a recommended companion learning opportunity for those who complete this course.

Course convenor

Dr Long Chu

Long Chu is a senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU). He specialises in quantitative methods in applied economics, especially in creating models to support policy making and evaluation processes in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. His research has been published in the world’s leading journals such as Environmental Modeling and Software, Water Resource Research, and Fish and Fisheries. Long has extensive teaching experience in Australia and abroad. At ANU, he has been teaching several Masters/PhD courses such as Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics, Applied Economic Dynamics, and Masters Microeconomics. He is also a recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the prestigious Eureka Prize in Australian science.

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