LISA 2020: Building Statistical Analysis and Data Science Capacity

Program Contact

Eric Vance

Eric.Vance@colorado.edu

Statistics and data science are crucial for enabling and accelerating research, informing business and policy decisions, and transforming evidence into action for development. The LISA 2020 program trains local statisticians and data scientists in developing countries to collaborate with researchers, businesses, and policy makers. Our goal is to create a network of 20 statistical collaboration laboratories (“stat labs”) in developing countries by the year 2020. Each stat lab has three missions:

1. Train statisticians and data scientists to become effective, interdisciplinary collaborators who can move between theory and practice to solve problems for real-world impact;

2. Serve as research infrastructure for researchers and decision-makers to collaborate with statisticians and data scientists to enable and accelerate research and data-based decisions that make a positive impact on society;

3. Teach short courses and workshops to improve statistical skills and data literacy widely.

The global LISA 2020 Network has 18 stat labs currently established in developing countries (14 in Africa, 2 in Brazil, and 2 in South Asia). The hub of the network is in CU Boulder at LISA, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis. We innovate and experiment within LISA at CU Boulder to develop best practices for training students to become effective interdisciplinary collaborators, applying statistics and data science to solve research problems and make data-driven business/policy decisions, and teach statistics and data science to non-statisticians in the community. We share these best practices with our network of stat labs, and in return, engage with them to learn their best practices to inform our work in Boulder.

More information can be found at www.lisa2020.org

  • Program Activity

    Location

    Outside Colorado

    Natal, Brazil Terresina, Brazil Ibadan, Nigeria Akure, Nigeria Keffi, Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria Ile-Ife, Nigeria Akure, Nigeria Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria Minna, Nigeria Hawassa, Ethiopia Wolkite, Ethiopia Mekelle, Ethiopia Gondar, Ethiopia Maseno, Kenya Morogoro, Tanzania Harare, Zimbabwe Calcutta, India Srinigar, India Kumasi, Ghana Tarkwa, Ghana Alexandria, Egypt Lahore, Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Peshawar, Pakistan Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Program Activity

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Department of-Applied Mathematics
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Program Partners

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Applied Mathematics
  • CIRES

Audiences Served

  • Business
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • International