James M. Connolly

Analytics Skills Gap: Drive Innovation Through Data Intelligence

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impactnow   7/30/2015 3:12:37 PM
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Jim I think when people understand that they can have  an impact on a large problem it does influence their behavior and their perceptions. I am sorry I missed the radio show I will be sure to listen to it in the archives.

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Jamescon   7/30/2015 9:54:05 AM
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@Maryam. You're right, when it comes to helping those in need analytics can go a long way. It's not about having numbers to show that there are a lot of poor people, uneducated people, or hungry/sick people. We all know that. I think we've also learned that just throwing money at a problem is a temporary fix, at best. However, as we heard in this week's A2 Radio Show with Bob Gladden, there are a lot trends that analytics can uncover to address issues the impact a small but significant population one step at a time. If some of the things that his team at Caresource is doing continue to be effective (and what other pioneers are doing in other regions prove themselves too), that small but significant population can be better served on a national or global scale. Sometimes those fixes look like plain old common sense in retrospect, but analytics can help to shed light on them.

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Analytics for change
impactnow   7/29/2015 6:20:43 PM
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Jim it's a powerful story of how analytics can change the lives of individuals. I truly believe that part of initiating change for many issue including poverty and issues related to worldwide public health are rooted in getting the number to the right people and tracking the progress. Modeling impacts also creates a powerful message. I think the Analytics U is a great way to get the focus on analytics training for everyone interested in honing the skill or getting exposure to analytics.

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