Data Analysis for Community Organizations

Click on the image of the text-lab manual above to read a book I’ve crafted for persons interested in using basic statistics to advance the interests of their communities. The book is designed to help people working in urban, non-profit environments learn how to find, download and manage data on urban communities- then how to use several common statistical measures to describe and measure differences in their communities. There’s also a chapter on measures of association – correlation coefficients and basic linear regression. The exercises only use Excel. A series of video tutorials and sample data accompany the text.

It is not a text for statisticians and does not provide a full accounting of the technical aspects of statistics, nor does the text adhere to the many specifications often required in rigorous statistical testing. Instead, it is a text for people wanting a crash course to help them be able to apply a few common statistical measures to their community, to speak with confidence about their community in the language of data, and know what to ask for when they need help from consultants.

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