The public sector holds large volumes of data, from patient records to local government data. Access to such huge volumes of information, gives your organisation an excellent opportunity to utilise data to make more effective decisions.

The effective use of your data can help inform a policy recommendation, improve the performance of a project and streamline outdated processes.

This Utilising Data to Make Better Decisions virtual training course, which has been tailored for the public sector, gives delegates the necessary tools and skills to identify what data to use and how to use it to make more effective decisions.

Through interactive sessions, you will use free and publicly available software to demonstrate how you can use data to enhance your decision making.

Please note we will be using Zoom to deliver this course.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

About the Chair: Branko Pecar
Branko spent most of his career working for Emerson, a global and one of the largest process control equipment manufacturing corporations. His last position was VP Educational Services. In the past, he also lectured at University of Gloucestershire in several subjects, including quantitative methods and applications of Excel.

He published a series of books in statistics with a variety of publishers, such as McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press and Amazon. Almost all of these books are based around applying a variety of sophisticated methods using the simplest Excel syntax. He has been using Excel for over thirty years and has experience in applying it to numerous and diverse problems. Find out more here.

09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Data in Public Sector Decision Making

  • How is data currently used in decision making?
  • Examine best and bad practice
  • Benchmark how data is used against other organisations
  • Examine real-life public sector datasets
  • Easy tips on how to navigate through a bank of numbers – like shares, indices, ROI calculations
  • Ascertain what your data is telling you
  • Learn the best methods and techniques to analyse data
  • Find useful insights from your data
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

The Language of Data Analysis

  • Different averages (Mean, mode, median, moving average)
  • Randomness
  • Stationarity
  • Linearity
  • Periodicity and Seasonality
  • Forecasting horizon
  • Accuracy and Precision
12:00 - 13:00

Data Analysis Tools

  • Correlation and causality
  • Regression and Univariate approach to time series analysis
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
14:00 - 15:00

Workshop 1: Data to Improve a Decision – Hands on Approach Using Excel

  • Visualising data sets for easy identification of patterns
  • Establish relationships between multiple data sets and measure the strength of correlation


15:00 - 16:00

Workshop 2: Data to Improve a Decision – Hands on Approach Using Excel

  • Build simple linear models to estimate one dataset from the other
  • Use linear regression models to predict the future values of the datasets
  • Extrapolate a variety of data trends into the future
  • Establish the reliability of your models, estimates and predictions
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways