June 13, 2019

Workshops for Leaders

Workshops for Leaders provide project managers and supervisors with the language and skills needed to guide their teams towards success. Learn how to create a project plan that leaves everyone motivated and aligned, how to create a program model that assesses itself, and how to determine whether an initiative should be scaled, adapted, or abandoned.

See below for descriptions of our most popular classes.

This course introduces manager and executive-level staff to the concepts of data-driven decision-making and managing the data-driven process. Participants will learn how to guide staff in the use of data for setting goals, defining objectives, and creating meaningful process maps. The class involves a hands-on exercise with open data and is intended to build data literacy and familiarity with the analytics process while also addressing the challenges and opportunities of doing more and better analysis in the context of city operations. By the conclusion of this class, participants will learn how to assess the right analytical tools to manage projects, processes, and analytic staff within their departments. 

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A two-day workshop for mid-level managers to explore data-driven thinking and data analysis. Using relevant examples from U.S. cities, open data, and Microsoft Excel, we give participants a taste of how analysts ask and answer questions using data and how policymakers apply those insights to real-life scenarios. 

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A half-day workshop for high-level managers and leaders to explore data-driven thinking and data analysis. Using relevant examples from U.S. cities, open data and Microsoft Excel, we give students a taste of how analysts ask and answer questions using data and how policymakers apply those insights to real-life scenarios. 

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A full-day course covering the key concepts of how to tell the story of your data with truthful and compelling visualizations that are customized to the intended audience. The course will cover how to design and create impactful charts, graphs, and other information visualizations in Microsoft Excel in order to effectively communicate critical analysis to decision-makers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. 

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This one-day class will address one of the greatest challenges those who work with data face today: how to make sense of the data they already have. Using Microsoft Excel, participants will be introduced to the foundational skills necessary to clean, process, and visualize data with Microsoft Excel including PivotTables, PivotCharts, functions, and formulas. This class reinforces the problem ideation and process mapping skills taught in “Developing the Data-Driven Mindset” and “Data Analytics for Managers”, as well as introduces best practices for documenting and visualizing work. Working collaboratively in small groups, participants develop an analytical question they explore throughout the class, presenting their data story at the end of class for constructive feedback. 

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A one-day class reinforcing the skills necessary to clean, process, and visualize data, as well as introducing advanced skills with PivotTables, data visualization, functions, and formulas including joins, and logic functions in Microsoft Excel. This class reinforces the problem ideation and process mapping skills taught in “Developing the Data-Driven Mindset” and “Data Analytics for Managers”, as well as best practices for documenting and visualizing work from “Excel For Data Analysis I”. Working collaboratively in small groups, participants develop an analytical question they explore throughout the class, presenting their data story at the end of class for constructive feedback. 

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This course introduces manager and executive-level staff to the concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue. Participants will learn how to guide staff in the reflection of their current state of stress, through learning their own resilience tools, and to help them build more. The class involves hands-on exercises with tools that aid in reflection and growth around these topics. By the conclusion of this class, participants will learn new vocabulary and skills, and will have created their own self-care plan. Participants will leave the workshop with copies of tools that can be used with their staff.

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