Instructor-Facilitated Online Course → Data Use - Current/Upcoming

Foundations of Advanced Analytics in Government (PA 203.05)

START DATE: November 18, 2020
- Duration: 4 Weeks
- Expected time commitment: up to 5 hours per week, on average
- Course Kickoff virtual live session: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Time: 2 p.m ET.
- Weekly virtual live sessions: 1 hour each week during the course, each Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, starting November 24, 2019.
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This online course developed by the Center for Government Excellence will explore the recent use of advanced analytics in US city governments in solving problems and improving outcomes for residents. Participants will gain practical experience in identifying and classifying opportunities for analytics to make an impact and examining analytics projects for evidence of bias.

Through the course, you will:
- Articulate the value of advanced analytics in a variety of scenarios;
- Understand how analysts mitigate bias when working with limited data; and
- Envision how advanced analytics can address operational challenges.

This course aligns with the following What Works Cities Certification Criteria focused on Performance Analytics. The full list of criteria can be found at

- Your local government identifies strategic goals, aligns a diverse set of measures with those goals, and uses data to evaluate progress toward them.
- Your local government holds performance management meetings during which it reviews data, discusses insights, and makes decisions about its strategic goals at least quarterly.
- Your local government leaders have the ability to access and incorporate data analysis when necessary for strategic decision-making.

Start Date: 11/18/2020

  • About the course
  • Course Syllabus
  • Week 1 - 4 complete reading list
  • Welcome to the Course
  • Welcome to the Course Video
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • "How to Navigate the Course" Video
  • "How to Navigate the Course" Transcript
  • Week 1 - Introduction to Advanced Analytics
  • Week 2 - The Civic Analytics Typology
  • Week 3 - Putting Advanced Analytics to Work
  • Week 4 - Building Towards Success
  • Final Assessment - Quiz
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed