Data Academy

A training program for City and County of San Francisco staff

Welcome to the City and County of San Francisco’s Data Academy! Our goal is to help analysts citywide explore, refine, and enhance their skills in data analysis and visualization. We also offer classes for those hoping to increase their comfort working with data. We offer a series of classroom based courses detailed below and have also curated a list of courses offered by other institutions for free or at cost.

Course Catalog

The Data Academy is produced in partnership with the Controller's Office.

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Tableau Certification Preview

This classroom based workshop is the fourth in a series of workshops on Tableau offered by the Data Academy.   Our goal is to familiarize you with the Tableau Qualified Associate Certification. We will provide quick tips on how to tackle the two hour certification exam and apply them to sample problems together.

Lean 101 - One day to better government

Have you ever wanted to change the way your workplace operates but didn’t know where to begin? Wish you could clear the obstacles in your daily work or reduce bureaucracy for your customers?  The Twin Peaks team trains and coaches people at all levels to rapidly improve the work they do every day.

Introduction to Tableau

This classroom based workshop is the first in a series of workshops on Tableau offered by the Data Academy. Tableau Public is a free data visualization software that allows you to quickly create charts, maps, and dashboards with interactive filtering and drill-down capabilities.

Intermediate Tableau I

This classroom based workshop is the second in a series of workshops on Tableau offered by the Data Academy.  Tableau Public is a free data visualization software that allows you to quickly create charts, maps, and dashboards with interactive filtering and drill-down capabilities.

Intermediate Tableau II

This classroom based workshop is the third in a series of workshops on Tableau offered by the Data Academy. Tableau Public is a free data visualization software that allows you to quickly create charts, maps, and dashboards with interactive filtering and drill-down capabilities.

Introduction to R

In this introductory class, participants will learn practical skills necessary for reading data into R from external sources, manipulating the data, and visualizing it.  The course will also cover other basic programming concepts as they are implemented in R.

Leveraging the City's Open Data Portal

This course helps you unlock features of the open data portal to improve your own data workflows. To get the most out of this class, you should have Excel 2010 with the Power Query Add-in (free) or Excel 2013 on your work computer.

Data Usability - designing data for consumption

Basic data design choices can make the difference between simple analysis and hours of frustration. This classroom based workshop will go over how to make certain dataset design decisions that will make your reporting life much easier, hopefully reducing repetitive asks for data and interpretation.

Basics of Information Design

So you have great data, but you want to learn more about how to present it effectively? This class goes over the principles of good information design so that you can present your data in a way that is uncluttered and beautiful.

Introduction to Excel

This classroom based workshop is the first in a series of workshops on Excel offered by the Data Academy.

Intermediate Excel

This classroom based workshop is the second in a series of workshops on Excel offered by the Data Academy. It builds on the fundamentals of Excel and introduces more advanced ways to manipulate and format data in spreadsheets.

Advanced Excel

This classroom based workshop is the fourth in a series of workshops on Excel offered by the Data Academy. It provides the Data Academy’s most advanced level of Excel training.

Excel Shortcuts

This short workshop is usually offered as a lunch time brown-bag. It serves to compliment the tools you will learn in the other Excel courses offered by the Data Academy. The tricks and tips it includes will save you time when performing analysis in Excel.

Applying Design Thinking, Behavioral Economics & Lean Startup at Work

Ever wanted to use design thinking to create more effective project outcomes? Plan to have fun practicing these techniques and then commit to trying to apply what youíve learned to one or more of your projects in 24 hours.

Business Process Mapping and Analysis

In this classroom based workshop, you will learn the basics of undertaking a Business Process Improvement (BPI) project. The focus will be on the basics of developing a high-level process map in PowerPoint and conducting process analysis.