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CPD in Impact Analysis using Social Data

This CPD is part of a programme of Continuous Professional Development in the area of Applied Social Data Analysis that the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy will deliver from Spring 2022. Addressing the scarcity of training in data science in Ireland and co-created with key industry partners, the Applied Social Data Analysis CPD programme trains participants in the fundamental knowledge and skills of social data analysis. The programme goes beyond social data analytics to address causal analysis and consider social issues that are important to industries such as inequality, unemployment, climate change and ethics. This CPD will be of interest to individuals who wish to progress their careers through acquiring valuable social data analysis skills that are widely sought after in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
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Short description

Thanks to "Impact Analysis using Social Data" a person will engage with advanced techniques to analyze data and to distinguish a causality link from a simple correlation. We will do it by looking both at the theoretical side and at the most recent application.

Being able to identify causality links represents a crucial skill for a person interested in understanding the data that today's world produces.

The CPD Impact Analysis using Social Data teaches students how to apply quantitative methods to conduct causal impact analysis using social data. In particular, students will learn how econometric methods can be used to answer questions related to human behaviour and strategic decision-making with the help of regression based econometric methods.

The module has an applied focus, demonstrating the use of econometric methods used for impact evaluation with practical applications and referring to examples from recent studies that apply those methods to answer key questions in the social sciences.

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. determine which methods can be used to analyse different datasets for addressing different questions of relevance to the social sciences.
  2. critically assess findings of studies that apply these methods.
  3. design their own randomized experiments.
  4. conduct their own causal regression analysis using the statistical software package R.

On successful completion of the CPD, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

What topics will you cover?

The CPD focuses on applied causal regression analysis providing an understanding of econometric methods for use with big data. In particular, the course covers regression-based evaluation methods to assess the casual relationships between different factors at play.

These include the use of panel data, difference-in-differences estimation, matching and regression discontinuity designs, randomized experiments, and natural or quasi-experiments.

The CPD has an applied focus, demonstrating the use of these methods with practical applications using the statistical software package R and referring to examples from recent studies that apply those methods to answer key questions in the social sciences.

Who is this course for?

The target learner cohort are people working in the private sector, for example ITC, finance, banking sectors. Participants are expected to have some quantitative experience through prior training e.g. degree or equivalent experience or having taken the CPD Statistical Thinking for Social Data Analysis. Participants should also have access to a laptop with camera and a microphone.

Who teaches the course?

Assistant Professor Nicola Fontana, Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

Choose your Delivery Mode

1. The CPD will be delivered over 5 consecutive weeks with one 5-hour session each week during the day on campus, in Trinity College Dublin (1 day X 5 weeks X 5 hours). This will be preceded by 2 hours of preparatory online instruction. Additionally participants will undertake 20 hours of self study over the course of the programme and complete a combination of in-class and 1 take home exercise. One additional week will be included for submitting CPD exercises.

Mode of delivery 1 Start Date: 14 February 2022

Mode of delivery 1 End Date: 22 March 2022

2. The CPD will be delivered through a week-long, intensive programme (5 days X 5 hours) during the day on campus, in Trinity College Dublin. This will be preceded by 2 hours preparatory online instruction. Additionally participants will undertake 20 hours self study over the course of the intensive programme and complete a combination of in class and 1 take home exercise. One additional week will be included for submitting CPD exercises. In order to be awarded the Certificate of Completion in Applied Behavioural Science participants will need to have completed all required CPD exercises.

Mode of delivery 2 Start Date: 29 August 2022

Mode of delivery 2 End Date: 9 September 2022

Enrol now - Closing date 31st January 2022

Places are limited as class sizes are small, up to 30 per class so you can enrol now to secure your place or send us an enquiry if you have any questions.  
You can enrol on the course directly via the PayPal link below by selecting which mode of delivery you wish to take (5 consecutive weeks or one week intensive).  The course fee of €2,000 includes access to the course materials via Blackboard (Trinity’s Virtual Learning Environment) for the duration of the course. Please note that participation in this CPD course does not include access to the Trinity Library or any other student services (including a student identity card). For employers wishing to pay for employees' registration via invoice, please contact Ms Sarah Smullen at sarah.smullen@tcd.ie

CPD in Impact Analysis Using Social Data (5 Consecutive weeks) Price €2,000

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You can contact Sarah Smullen, HCI Administration Officer in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at sarah.smullen@tcd.ie for further details about applying for the module. You can contact Sarah Smullen, HCI Administration Officer in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at sarah.smullen@tcd.ie for further details about applying for the module. For further details about the content of the module, you can contact the module module lecturer, Dr Nicola Fontana at Nicola.Fontana@tcd.ie

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