Advanced Data Trainings
This summer, we are offering two Advanced Data Trainings for current data practitioners.
UC Berkeley: July 24-30Washington, DC: August 21-27
Trainees will receive comprehensive training and instruction from industry experts. The California training will feature content which will be tailored to include specific tools and resources for California-based practitioners. However, most of the curriculum is applicable nationwide. The second training will take place in Washington, DC, August 21-27. NOI's advanced data trainings will run 7 days and 6 nights.
Why this training?
Technology is playing an increasingly central role in advocacy and campaigns in America. The demand for well-trained political data managers is growing quickly and the scope of the work these data managers are expected to oversee is also growing.
For practitioners willing to build their skills and knowledge to match this growing need, this is an exciting and opportunity-rich period in American politics. Current data practitioners use volumes of data from numerous complex data systems and sources to make sure organizers have fresh and relevant information, that directors have hard reports to track the impact of programs, and to ensure money is not wasted on duplicate efforts or bad data.
Stand-alone data managers experience a high degree of frustration as they attempt to juggle the political demands of their organization and stay current with the vast array of new data sources, technology and knowledge. Data managers rarely have dedicated time to learn, and instead resort to deciphering complex manuals, "Googling", and short skills-based trainings. The New Organizing Institute (NOI) believes these methods are a poor substitute for a comprehensive learning curriculum, intense training from expert trainers, long-lasting support from regional coaches, and the real-life workshops needed to manage data at the highest level.
What will be covered?
Trainees will receive comprehensive training and instruction from industry experts on the following data sources, tools, and knowledge areas:
|Consumer Data||Catalist Q-Tool||Offline List Matching|
|Polling||Access and Excel||Legal Issues Concerning Data|
|Predictive Models||GIS||Universe Segmentation|
|Public Data||MySQL / SQL||Navigating Political Demands|
|User Entered||PDI (CA Specific) / VAN||Reporting and Strategy|
|Voterfile||Scripting||Use of Predictive Model/Polling|
Application process and details
The application deadline for CA is Sunday, May 22. For DC, the application deadline is Sunday, May 29. Applications will be reviewed, and followed by an advanced data test.
A limited number of scholarships are available for these trainings. Applicants can indicate their scholarship need during the application process, and award determinations will be made during the acceptance process.
The cost of the training is $1,050 per individual and includes meals.
Tuition for California Advanced Data also includes lodging. Tuition for Washington, DC Advanced Data Training DOES NOT include lodging. Participants for both trainings are responsible for travel arrangements and costs.
Not an advanced data practitioner, but looking for data learning opportunities? NOI will host a half dozen or more beginner and intermediate 2-day state-based skills trainings throughout the year and 3 regional voterfile manager data bootcamps at the end of 2011.