As advances in technology and the widespread availability of data rapidly progress, you can leverage data insights like never before. To help inform decisions, you need effective tools and techniques to analyze data, answer important questions about your communities, and inform policy development and decision-making.
This three-course certificate program extends beyond basic methods of coding and analysis, enabling you to interpret data findings from complex statistical analysis and directly apply them to decision-making and policy development. It is specifically designed for individuals who have a limited background in statistics and are interested in acquiring skills that will enable them to analyze data, extract insights, and apply them to decision-making. As part of this program, you will also discover how to understand and interpret data through a comprehensive introduction to statistics, regression analysis, Python, and R, and through unique case studies based on Canadian public data.
Establish the foundational knowledge you need to use complex data to tell stories about your funding, your policies, and your programs, and to deliver results for your organization.
Hear from our learners
I had never taken a quantitative analysis class because I thought it wouldn't interest me. I however discovered behavioral economics in my first years in government. When I saw the WatSPEED certificate, I thought: Why not try it? It ended up to be a very fun and instructive experience. The material is simple and accessible. The instructor was very good at explaining complex concepts. The pace and workload was excellent for someone who is also working. The assignment and project really help you put into practice and integrate what you have learned. I highly recommend this class!
Elias Puurunen is among the top instructors that I have ever experienced in all my years of university and continuing education. His passion and insight into the course topics make for a thoroughly enjoyable and valuable experience.