Data and Tech Training Catalog

In 2016, NNIP and Microsoft’s Civic Technology Engagement Group launched a project to expand training on community data and technology for government and nonprofit staff members. It includes a brief summarizing the training landscape and action steps for various stakeholders, a guide for organizations interested in providing training, and a fact sheet summarizing results from a survey on current content and practices.

This catalog highlights examples of training courses from around the country that advance data and technology literacy. It includes descriptions and downloadable materials for primarily in-person trainings that have been conducted by local data intermediaries, nonprofits, universities, government agencies, and others. We encourage you to browse and adapt the materials to embark on training for your own community. If you would like to contribute a course to the catalog, send a note to nnip@urban.org.

Unless otherwise noted, this materials contributed to this catalog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which means you can share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material). 

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Avoid Data Pitfalls

Learning how to think critically about data
Author:
The Polis Center at IUPUI

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Civic Data and Excel

Introduces Excel as a powerful tool for analyzing and visualizing open data
Author:
Microsoft

Course Categories:
Local Data Website
Software

Civic Innovation Fellowship

Offers a unique example of training college students to empower neighborhood-based elected officials on use of data and technology
Author:
BetaNYC

Course Categories:
Work-related Task

Complete Count Committee 2010 Training

Provides background and training on Census-specific tasks
Author:
Robert Goodspeed and Tia Costello

Course Categories:
National Data Source

Conducting a Community Needs Assessment

Offers strategies and methods for crafting needs assessments based on national, state, and local data resources and primary data collection methods
Author:
The Children’s Trust

Course Categories:
Work-related Task

Data 101 with Community Facts

Illustrates basic data concepts using a local data portal by having participants complete a “data plan,” going from a basic question to data-informed analysis
Author:
Shift Research Lab, The Piton Foundation

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Local Data Website

Data 101: Data Visualization, Data Literacy, and Storytelling

Teaches foundational data literacy, including exploration of basic concepts in data visualization, storytelling, and mapping—all using printed materials without computers
Author:
Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Data Analysis Basics: Using Excel Or Google Sheets

Learn to analyze data with accessible tools
Author:
Communities Count
Communities of Opportunity

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Data Literacy

Introduces the Four C’s of understanding data—correlation, characteristic, comparison, and correlation—and has in-class exercises that can be adapted to other local websites.
Author:
Data Spark, University of Rhode Island

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Local Data Website

Data Playbook (beta)

A great source of tested materials on a variety of aspects of basic data literacy
Author:
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Data Sharing, Storage, & Consent

Describes the importance of data collection and security
Author:
Community Research Institute, Grand Valley State University

Course Categories:
Work-related Task

Data Training for Cities in South King County

Teaches participants to use qualitative and quantitative data to tell compelling stories about their communities and engage key stakeholders
Author:
Public Health– Seattle and King County

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Local Data Website
National Data Source
Work-related Task

Data Usability: Designing Data for Consumption

Introduces city employees to time-saving data management, cleaning, and design concepts to simplify reporting and data analysis. Also included post-training survey to measure impact.
Author:
DataSF, City of San Francisco

Course Categories:
Software

Desktop GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps

Includes detailed exercises to walk students through introductory GIS, mapping, and spatial analysis
Author:
University of Minnesota

Course Categories:
Software

Developing Your Own Community Survey

Learning the basics of survey design
Author:
Communities Count
Communities of Opportunity

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Environmental and Sustainability Data Workshop

Introduces beginners to different types of data and their limitations in local use, it also links to research and citations for measuring sustainability
Author:
Data Driven Detroit

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Work-related Task
Author:
Communities Count
Communities of Opportunity

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Find Existing Data

Learning the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets
Author:
The Polis Center at IUPUI

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Finding And Using Data To Tell Stories

Learning to tell stories with data
Author:
Communities Count
Communities of Opportunity

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Frame the Problem

Learning to ask measurable question
Author:
The Polis Center at IUPUI

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

How to Use Census and Other Data Sites

Trains participants to use American FactFinder to access publicly available datasets for local needs and introduces additional related tools, such as OnTheMap and the QWI Explorer
Author:
Neighborhood Nexus

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Local Data Website
National Data Source

Introduction to Data Analysis with R

Offers advanced training using an open-source software package available for free and applicable anywhere
Author:
US Department of Commerce

Course Categories:
Software

Introduction To Data Visualization

Representing data and visualizations
Author:
Communities Count
Communities of Opportunity

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Provides materials and a course outline from statistical analysis at an introductory level
Author:
Datapolitan

Course Categories:
General Data Literacy
Quantitative Analysis

Logic Models: How to Integrate Data Collection into Your Everyday Work

Coaches local nonprofit program staff to understand how to create and measure outcomes using national and local data sources
Author:
Community Research Institute, Grand Valley State University

Course Categories:
Evaluation / Program Mgmt.

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