Data to Decisions is a series which aims to provide a practical guide for people looking to incorporate more data into their everyday decision-making. It was designed and delivered by RAnLab, the data and analytics unit of Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development.
RAnLab analyzes data and geography to provide insight into, and projection modeling for, things like demographics, labour supply, service demands, commodity prices, and other socio-economic indicators. Some examples of their work include producing long-term community and regional population projections, assessing local housing demand, and providing detailed local data analysis and modelling to municipalities and regions–providing critical information for evidence-based decision-making.
RAnLab has some excellent data experts. But what about everyone else? The ability to find and use quality data is critical for many (if not all) organizations, but very few have the resources and expertise to accomplish this task. Data can help inform your organizational decisions, strengthen grant applications, guide hiring practices, and undertake strategic planning, but making sense of it isn't always easy. Data to Decisions was create to make that a little simpler.
The series is made up of 5 modules, aimed at helping people gain a foundational understanding of data analysis.
Data and geography go hand in hand. In this chapter, learn about the different ways geography is divided for data collection, and what data is available for each level of geography. Definitions, examples, and links to maps are provided to help you get started on your data journey.
Data availability, data consistency, and data accuracy all impact data quality. In this chapter of Data to Decision, learn how to effectively collect and analyze data by ensuring you're working with good quality data.
Learn how to find, select, collect, and save data from Statistics Canada. Examples are provided to help you explore data collection strategies that can help you find data for your own project.
Statistics Canada started releasing 2021 census data in February 2022 and will release more throughout the year. The amount of data can be overwhelming but this introduction will help!
Data to Decisions is sponsored in part by the Future Skills Centre.
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