This course provides economic developers and researchers with an introduction to key data sources, research methods, and tools to support state and regional economic development strategies. Course exercises demonstrate and reinforce the basic analytical skills needed to address real-world questions that policymakers and practitioners encounter.
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This course provides novice community and economic development researchers with an introduction to key data sources, tools, and research methods used to support state and regional economic development strategies.
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to help economic development researchers use their data knowledge and analytic skills to identify economic opportunities in their region and guide decision-making in their organization.
Format: Course topics are presented as a series of expert-led videos, each approximately five minutes in length--followed by various types of practice/application modules. References, "cheat sheets," and recommendations for further study are also provided throughout the course.
Part 1 of this training program provided the following:
In this course, Part 2 of Foundations of Economic Development Research, we introduce you to the important theories, concepts, and analytic techniques that underpin today’s economic development research field.
This methods-focused course will show you how to analyze your region’s critical economic foundations, through the following approaches and techniques: