Hi @all ! Philanthropy University is considering providing courses on data science. These new courses would teach skills and tools for analyzing and using data; skills like statistical analysis, programming, and data visualization.Andrew Does your organization work with a data analyst or data scientist? What types of tasks do your data analysts and scientists do? What would be the most helpful data science skills for you or your team to learn? How has data science helped your organization?
Before we create anything, however, we're curious to know how your organization uses data science. Please take a moment to respond to the questions below. Thanks in advance!
I'm a university research postgrad, so I probably use data analysis tools differently from most NGOs, but I use them every day. I initially used SPSS for data analysis but it has some issues: 1. the kinds of analyses it can run hasn't really been updatng, so it's a little out of date. 2. It's very expensive and requires annual licenses for every user. 3. It's not great for sharing work between collaborators. I now use R for most of my own work, but it's hard to recommend to other users since it has a very hard learning curve and can be buggy.
I now recommend Jamovi (or JASP) to students or new researchers. If you're planning more courses on data analysis, I'd suggest staying away from expensive proprietary software and using a free and open alternative like Jamovi.It's free It's open source and has a very active community updating it with new features It uses very intuitive point and click (SPSS) and doesn't require any coding (unlike STATA or R) It's based on R, so there's an easier transition if needed It's easy to share and collaborate
Video tutorials for Jamovi: https://datalab.cc/tools/jamovi
Resource for learning statistics using Jamovi (good for people new to stats) https://www.learnstatswithjamovi.com/