Applied Data Analytics Training at The University of Kentucky

Summer 2020 -

Who State and local agency professionals with a masters’ degree or above with some emphasis in a quantitative field (e.g. statistics, economics or computer science) or at least two years working in a hands-on, data-oriented field.
What Training in core data analytics techniques by working on specific projects using real-world micro-data.
When June, 2020 through September, 2020
  • Module 1, June 22nd - July 3rd
  • Module 2, September 16 - September 18
Where The University of Kentucky
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
Lexington KY 40506
Cost $6,000 per individual participant. Teams of 2-4 participants receive a 20% discount. Teams of 5 or more receive a 20% discount for the 2nd-4th seats and a 40% discount for the 5th seat and each seat beyond that. A limited number of scholarships may be available for agency staff from states newly partnering with the Coleridge Initiative.
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Application submission: Rolling
Admission Decision: May, 2020
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Program Overview

The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is hosting the Summer 2020 Coleridge Initiative Applied Data Analytics training program, sponsored by the Gates Foundation. Participants will work in teams to define and complete a project related to Transitions in Education and Workforce. The program will provide up-to-date perspective on the use of administrative data for policy analysis, and instruction on how to manage and analyze micro data according to best practices. Instructors will facilitate hands-on coding of micro data in SQL and R for the following tasks: data management, record linkage, data visualization, and machine learning.

With support from the program instructors, teams will analyze micro data from Kentucky's postsecondary education and workforce agencies to answer overarching questions. These questions are designed to be useful to state and local government, and serve as a model for decision making nationwide, such as:

  • What are earnings outcomes for individuals who graduated from Kentucky’s postsecondary education programs?
  • What are earnings outcomes for KY’s community college and vocational programs?
  • Where and when do graduates get jobs in contiguous states?
  • How many get multiple jobs in contiguous states and what are their respective earnings?

Training in the Coleridge Initiative focuses on the following skills

  1. Formal learning in SQL and R packages necessary to analyze administrative data;
  2. Record linkage necessary to produce policy studies;
  3. Data visualization; and
  4. Machine learning.

Staff for Training

Julia Lane

Julia Lane

Professor, New York University. Dr. Lane is one of the leaders of the Coleridge Initiative and has spent a career working with a number of federal government agencies, including the U.S. Census, and currently the Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Lane was the force behind the development of the LEHD (Longitudinal Employer and Household Dynamics) program for Census.

Frauke Kreuter

Frauke Kreuter

Professor Frauke Kreuter is Director of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, USA; Professor of Statistics and Methodology at the University of Mannheim; and head of the Statistical Methods Research Department at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nürnberg, Germany.  Her research focuses on sampling and measurement errors in complex surveys. In her work at JPSM she maintains strong ties to the U.S. Federal Statistical System, and serves in advisor roles to several National Statistical agencies around the world. Dr. Kreuter is the Founder of the International Program for Survey and Data Science, developed in response to the increasing demand from researchers and practitioners for the appropriate methods and right tools to face a changing data environment, and Co-Founder of the Coleridge Initiative, whose goal is to accelerate data-driven research and policy around human beings and their interactions for program management, policy development, and scholarly purposes by enabling efficient, effective, and secure access to sensitive data about society and the economy.

Genia Toma

Genia Toma

Dr. Eugenia Toma is the Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky where she also holds the title of University Research Professor. Dr. Toma is an applied micro economist with long-term research interests in the economics of schooling and economics of the political process. Her research has considered topics as diverse as school choice, school finance reforms, the effects of teacher certification requirements on student outcomes, and the effects of peers on student outcomes in public and private schools. Her current research focus is on the types of structural reforms necessary for improving rural school quality with a special focus on Appalachian schools.

Schedule for Training