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BurnBright Basics to Understanding Data

BurnBright Basics to Understanding Data

3 Seasons

In the BurnBright Basics to Understanding Data we will identify what characterizes bad vs. good data to ensure we make well informed strategic decisions through data analysis. This series includes 3 essential programs:
* "Garbage In: What Makes Bad Data" by Dr. Andrew Hill
* "Representing Reality: What Makes Good Data" by Dr. Andrew Hill
* "How are we doing? Understanding Trends" by Dr. Andrew Hill

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BurnBright Basics to Understanding Data
  • Introduction to Understanding Trends

    Episode 1

    What explains a trend we see in the numbers? There are five explanations for numbers that show change over time and it's important to be aware of them so we don't make strategic mistakes: (1) real change, (2) changes in the population size, (3) changes in the definition of the thing we're trackin...

  • Changes in Size: Using Rates vs. Totals

    Episode 2

    When we explore trends, it's easy to mistake a change in population size for a change in something else. This is why rates are useful. Rates tell us how something is changing per unit or member of the population, which lets us control for changes in the population.

  • Change in Definition

    Episode 3

    Lots of the things that interest us have definitions that are not stable over time, especially in areas involving human behavior. When these definitions change, it can affect data on those things. Does this mean definitions should never change? No. But when they do, we should be aware of those ch...

  • Changes in Behavior/Environment

    Episode 4

    There is a difference between what is happening in the environment and what we observe in our data. Sometimes, the environment (or a behavior in it) changes in ways that affect our data and create a mistaken impression of change in the thing that really interests us. When you see a big change, co...

  • Changes in How We Gather Data

    Episode 5

    Every change in how we gather data can affect the likelihood of observing the things that interest us. A leader who knows when those changes happen will be better positioned to understand how trends may be the result (at least in part) of changes in the approach to collecting data.

  • 6 Principles for Understanding Trends

    Episode 6

    If you follow the six principles presented in this lesson, you will be better at understanding trends in your data, and you will make better strategic choices based on that data.

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