The course will be delivered via HBS Online’s course platform and immerse learners in real-world examples from experts at industry-leading organizations. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Raj Chetty, PhD, is the William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University and Director of Opportunity Insights. His research uses “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Chetty’s research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on topics ranging from tax policy and unemployment insurance to education and affordable housing has been widely cited in academia, media outlets, and Congressional testimony. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field.
Use big data and economic principles to gain support and advocate for change in underserved communities.
Serve the needs and requests of your communities better through evidence-based research and defined policy outcomes.
Learn how to combine disparate data sets that lead to key findings, insights, and solutions for addressing economic societal problems.
Big Data for Social Good consists of approximately 20 hours of material delivered over a four-week period. You can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines
Big Data for Social Good will teach you how to use big data, coupled with the tools of data science and economics, to solve some of the most important social problems of our time. Big data can help us cut through politically charged debates and find out what policies actually work from a scientific perspective, making the often-discussed notion of “evidence-based policymaking” a reality. Using big data, we can see how the specific neighborhoods in which we grow up and the schools we attend shape our life outcomes—and how we can take these insights to create better opportunities for all.
Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Online, participants must thoughtfully complete all 8 modules.
Harvard Business School Online offers a unique and highly engaging way to learn vital business concepts. Hear from educators, social activists, and policy experts about how they approach pressing social issues. Understand how statistical methods, economic approaches, and big data can impact policies that lead to improved outcomes and greater economic opportunity around the world.
The platform was engaging, innovative, and allowed me to interact with the material in a way I never expected from an online course.Bethany Larson, HBS Online Participant
I had never experienced such an immersive platform online, and could argue that it was more effective at building and solidifying knowledge than some of the in-class courses I took in college.Ryan Dumlao, HBS Online Participant
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