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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Demystifying statistics

One-day short course


12th September 2017


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy



This practical course will help you learn more about the statistics you use, and give you the skills and confidence to use them.

Course overview

Policymakers and their assistants often need to analyze the connection between various indicators in the policy-making process. They may also want to evaluate the impact of a policy or interpret the numbers that they are interested in. Sometimes, they just want to draw a story-telling graph or table from a heap of data which can help communicate their message effectively in presentations and reports. Statistical skills are the key here, but a practitioner can easily get lost in a maze of jargons, techniques, philosophies, and choices of computer software.

This course is designed to give non-statisticians the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently work with data and come up with evidence-based decisions. It is also an avenue for people who have some ideas about statistics from classrooms or simply those who are not utilizing it for a while, to expose themselves to practical and modern statistical tools that are available around them. Mathematics will be kept to a minimum and the course will focus on examples and the practicalities of the Australian and international statistical environment. Come armed with questions and learn through interactive exercises to interpret and analyze with confidence the data that you use in your day-to-day work.

Course convenor

Dr Long Chu

Long Chu is a senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU). He specialises in quantitative methods in applied economics, especially in creating models to support policy making and evaluation processes in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. His research has been published in the world’s leading journals such as Environmental Modeling and Software, Water Resource Research, and Fish and Fisheries. Long has extensive teaching experience in Australia and abroad. At ANU, he has been teaching several Masters/PhD courses such as Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics, Applied Economic Dynamics, and Masters Microeconomics. He is also a recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the prestigious Eureka Prize in Australian science.

Course date: 9.30am–1pm 12 September 2017
Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: A$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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