Navigating the Path from Data to Policy Navigating the Path from Data to Policy October 29, 2021 Hybrid: Rosslyn, VA or Online Register We know that policy should be based on data, but how do we go about transforming data into policy? What does the path from data to policy look like? And what does it mean for policy to be driven by data? "Navigating the Path from Data to Policy" will help participants gain fluency in the fundamentals of policy research: understanding causality, combating biases in data collection and analysis, accounting for different interpretations of data, and—most importantly—how data can become policy (and why some policies are based on bad data or no data at all). The program, led by Batten professor Daniel W. Player, will cover topics such as the opportunities for and limitations of identifying causal relationships in policy research, bias and ethics in data collection, and an overview of the most popular methods for statistical analysis in research today. Throughout the program, participants will explore some of the key studies over the last decade that have had a meaningful effect on U.S. policy. "Navigating the Path from Data to Policy" was developed in collaboration between BattenX, the Batten School's executive education and lifelong learning initiative, and UVA School of Data Science. This program does not require any prerequisite data science skills or experience. Program Fee Regular Price: $399 UVA alumni, faculty, staff or group of 3+: $349 Mode of Instruction Hybrid Daniel W. Player Dan Player is an associate professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research focuses on issues in education policy. His work has examined questions such as how teacher ability is recognized and rewarded in schools, whether teacher performance predicts turnover, and how teachers respond to working conditions. Read full bio Related Content Daniel W. Player Measuring the Quality of Teacher-Child Interactions at Scale: The Implications of Using Local Practitioners to Conduct Classroom Observations Research Are Parents’ Ratings and Satisfaction with Preschools related to Program Features? Research This study examines whether parents’ overall satisfaction with their child’s early childhood education (ECE) program is correlated with a broad set of program characteristics, including (a) observational assessments of teacher-child interactions; (b) structural features of the program, such as teacher education and class size; (c) practical and convenience factors (e.g., hours, cost); and (d) a measure of average classroom learning gains. It then describes associations between parents’ evaluation of specific program characteristics and externally collected measures of those features. Building Connections & Finding Purpose: Prof. Daniel Player on Teaching News Daniel Player, associate professor of public policy with a focus on education policy, found his "dream job" teaching at the Batten School. Batten Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching, Service, Research and Engagement News This academic year, Batten School professors won a slew of internal and external recognitions for excellence in teaching, service, research and engagement.