Centre for Civil Society brings you another edition of its online certificate workshop on the topic ‘Use of Statistics in Public Policy’.
What is the workshop about?
At this workshop, the participants can get a preliminary understanding of key concepts in statistics relevant to public policy research. These concepts include - basic probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, etc. Participants will learn these concepts as tools, with the end goal of applying them to real-world scenarios. The session will focus primarily on the application of these concepts via examples, including some negative examples with improper use of statistics to avoid common (and often dangerous!) pitfalls. Furthermore, we will also look at scenarios where we will encounter theoretical limits on applying statistics. .
- Session 1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Session 2: 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
What are the key takeaways?
- Applying statistical techniques to specific problems in public policy.
- Developing a mindset to analyse data from statistical and probabilistic perspectives.
- Recognizing the limitations of analysis and assertions (admitting that we don’t know what we don’t know)
What is the eligibility criteria?
Anyone above 18 who is interested in Public Policy Analysis and Application of Statistics can apply.
Who is the Speaker?
Dr Srinivasan Iyengar is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Research India. He holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he worked as a research associate at Tata Research Development and Design Centre (part of Tata Consultancy Services). Before this, he completed his undergraduate studies with a B.Tech. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering Pune. His research interests are distributed systems, low-cost environmental sensing, the Internet of Things, cloud and edge computing, and energy systems.