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Increasingly, public sector professionals are having to think in a more statistical way to analyse data; interpret statistical reports and make recommendations, often without the necessary training.

By attending our Understanding Statistical Analysis course, delivered by chartered statistician Robert Grant, gain the skills to support data-driven decision-making and forecasting for your organisation.

Learn how to describe variation in your data, understand how to develop sampling strategies and apply association and trends techniques.

This course gives professionals with no or only a limited understanding of statistics the confidence to make more effective decisions based on statistical information.

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Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we will use Zoom toeliver this course.

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Robert Grant
Trainer, Coach and Writer on Statistics

Robert is a trainer, coach and writer on statistics and working in data science, especially data visualisation and Bayesian models.

He taught statistics and research methods to postgraduate clinical research students at St George’s Medical School and Kingston University (2010-2017), and contributed to many health services and biomedical research projects in this time. His freelance clients include Harvard Medical School, The Economist, and the Cabinet Office.

He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and served on their statistical computing committee from 2012-16. He worked on clinical audits, analysing hospital quality and safety ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to analyse statistics to improve the performance of your organisation
  • Learn how to apply statistics to your organisation
  • Understand basic statistical terms
  • Learn how to effectively forecast to help make more effective business decisions
  • Examine trends that may impact your organisation
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and clarification of learning objectives

10:00 - 11:15

Session one: Some Basic Statistical Terms

  • What is statistical thinking and why does it matter?
  • Understand analysis as part of a larger process of investigation and data-driven decisions
  • Learn about types and examples of quantitative data: continuous, ordinal, nominal
  • Choose a summary statistic that will be informative and not misleading
  • Define key terms such as mean, median, quartile, standard deviation, range, probability and risk, odds, accuracy vs precision
  • Identify and avoid a few common stumbling blocks with probabilities
  • Spreadsheet exercise
11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Workshop: Choosing and Communicating Summary Statistics

12:00 - 13:00

Session two: Quantifying Uncertainty in Our Estimates

  • Know how to quantify and control random variation arising from a sample
  • Explain the uncertainty using a confidence interval or margin of error
  • Compare data between groups and test your hypothesis: is the difference likely to be real?
  • Simulate data and think about the logic of hypothesis tests
  • Spreadsheet exercise
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Session three: Planning for High-Quality Data Collection

  • Options for surveying: sampling strategies
  • Understand how our statistics can become biased
  • Gain awareness of more advanced statistical methods that can be called in to correct bias
  • Small group exercise: election polling
14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Associations, Trends and Forecasting

  • Learn about correlations, what they mean and do not mean
  • Extrapolate from a linear trend
  • Define different types of trends: linear, exponential rise or fall, step change, seasonal, other non-linear
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways