Apply to a new Applied Data Analytics training class studying unemployment to reemployment trajectories by November 15 and attend an informational webinar on October 21, 2020 to learn more. The Coleridge Institute is delighted to announce that the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is facilitating Applied Data Analytics training for state teams. The training is developed with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and NASWA. 

Why: The Applied Data Analytics training program is designed to enhance state data analysis capabilities by training state teams of policy analysts and researchers on the application of big data tools to real-world microdata on a secure computing platform known as the Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF). The textbook is the successful “Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools” edited by some of the instructors. 

What: Participants learn an array of analytical techniques, including SQL and R, data management, record linkage, text analysis, visualization, and machine learning, by working with confidential data while ensuring privacy and confidentiality in a secure environment. The particular focus of this training series will be on using data from the state of Illinois, training provider, and wage record data to examine the unemployment to reemployment trajectories of UI benefit claimants and visualize them in a dashboard. The results will be to provide participants with (i) an understanding of how to work with similar data in their own state and (ii) the code necessary to produce a portal similar to the Illinois portal highlighted here.

When: Applications for the first class are due November 15. 

How: Interested states should propose teams of 3-4 individuals who currently work with data in their states – as consumers, users, producers or providers. Individual applicants should provide the following

  1. Their CV
  2. A statement describing how their participation will help their agency
  3. A statement from their supervisor describing how their participation will help their agency

Please send the application information to by November 15. ETA and Coleridge will review applications and select state teams by November 30.

More information: We will host an informational webinar that provides an overview of the structure and content of the class on October 21, 2020 at noon Eastern time. Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information about attendance in the webinar and your state team application, please contact:

Julia Lane
Professor, Wagner, NYU and the Coleridge Initiative
Cell phone: 646 208 4990