About the Course
Data analysis and analytics are evolving disciplines. Advanced techniques rest on fundamentals which can be applied in many job roles. This course quickly equips you with the necessary foundation. The course covers two main branches of statistics: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.Descriptive statistics includes collecting data and summarizing and interpreting them through numerical and graphical techniques. Inferential statistics includes selecting and applying the correct statistical technique in order to make estimates or test claims about a population based on a sample. Topics covered may include descriptive statistics, correlation and simple regression, probability, and hypothesis testing. By the end of this course, participants should understand and know how to use statistics. Participants will also develop some understanding of the limitations of statistical inference and of the ethics of data analysis and statistics.
Lance Scott, BSc., MPhil, Ph.D. (Pending)
Lance Scott is a Research and Policy Specialist with a focus on Climate Change, Rural livelihoods, and Climate Risk Insurance. Lance holds a BSc. in Geography and Geology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). Lance has worked on several projects, including being a Trainer and Assistant Project Manager on projects commissioned by the National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA) through the UWI. He specializes in research design, data collection, data management, data analysis, and monitoring and evaluation.
Lance’s research focuses on Weather Index Insurance, and he has represented Jamaica at the International Dialogue on “Creating a Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Evidence Roadmap” organized by Munich Climate Insurance Initiative based in Germany, where he contributed to the Working Paper which went on to advising key government officials and other stakeholders such as policymakers, international development agencies, and agribusiness owners. Lance also holds certifications in Understanding Disaster Risk Financing and Economic Policy and Cartography. Lance has always held the belief that small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean are not susceptible to “double exposure”, but rather “multi-exposure” as their internally weak systems reduce their chances of and the speed of recovery. He intends to lead the charge by proposing and enacting key and transformational policies that will contribute to the accessibility of climate risk financing across the region.