I have written a short textbook and lab manual for persons interested in using basic statistics to advance the interests of their urban community. The book is designed to help people working in urban, non-profit environments learn how to find, download and manage data on urban communities. It includes basic instructions on how to use several common statistical measures to describe their communities, and how to mark their communities as different, or not-so-different. There’s also a chapter and exercises to help readers learn about common measures of association: correlation coefficients and basic linear regression.
The exercises use Microsoft Excel, but presumably, they would work with other spreadsheet software.
This is not a text for statisticians and does not provide a full accounting of the technical aspects of statistics. The text does not address many of the specifications and rules often required in rigorous statistical testing.
Instead, it is a text for people wanting a crash course to help them able to apply a few common statistical measures to their community. It provides some instruction that will help readers speak with confidence about their community in the language of data, and should allow readers to know when to seek help from consultants, and what to ask for when they do seek consultation.