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Data for Decision Making

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About This Course

This course aims to provide knowledge and equip students with techniques to transform data into information that decision makers can use in order to make decisions. Students will learn the importance of source and quality of the data, input from and impact on stakeholders, and how social, community, and political or governmental dynamics come into play in the decision-making process. By the end of this course, students will understand and be able to apply decision-making data collection, analysis, synthesis, and presentation skills to incorporate an abundant and wide-variety of data in order to make an informed decision. This course will have didactic and application components where students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned.


Amy Kircher
Amy Kircher

Amy Kircher is codirector of the Strategic Partnership and Research Collaboratory (SPARC) and senior advisor to the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. She leads collaborative initiatives and coordinates research across the University system focusing on interdisciplinary, institutional efforts to solve grand challenges and build innovative solutions. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions and emerging disease through data fusion and analysis; supply chains; and delivery of innovative solutions to the field.

  • APS 6313 Data for Decision Making