Data Reasoning in a Disinformation World
Type of Degree
- April 8-9, 2021
Each day the course runs from 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and class materials. It does not include housing.
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
The public policy process is increasingly relying on evidence-based research and insights. In fact, in times of fast-paced technological progress, data driven political decision-making and policymaking have become the new normal. Although these advances allow for enhanced precision for policy analysis, it also opens the door wider for the fabrication of facts, or what has become to be known as “fake news” or “bull” (Bergstrom and West, 2019). Detecting and dismantling bogus, fake news, and alternative facts is far from trivial. The aim of this course is to teach participants how to detect and dismantle this fabricated information. Basic statistical concepts and practical data reasoning will be used to arm participants with enhanced problem-solving skills and a powerful eye for critical detail. Besides detecting alternative facts, we envision to equip participants with tools and techniques to craft technical assessments without jargon when dismantling fake news.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Effectively navigate through a sea of information in a dynamically evolving policy environment;
- Demonstrate how to be more aware of fictitious information seeping into one’s consciousness;
- Increase the recognition factor of fabrication whenever and wherever encountered;
- Describe how to figure out authenticity
- Provide a technical, jargon-free explanation on why a claim is fake;
- Become more persuasive and convincing that a claim is phony;
- Evaluate whether information is bogus or not bogus; and
- Effectively implement user experience research as a means to facilitate both collaborative governance and innovative policy solutions.
This course is for leaders in any public or private institution who need to be able to become better versed at policy and information analysis and drawing conclusions based on data and other supporting information.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading People; Leading Change; Results Driven; Building Coalitions.
Andreas Kern publishes in internationally renowned journals on the political economy of macroeconomic and financial governance. His contributions on the political economy of lending booms and international macroeconomic policy coordination underscore the importance of an interdisciplinary and evidence based approach towards mitigating political and economic risks in the course of achieving sustainable poverty alleviation. He previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration at Freie Universität Berlin. In this role, he engaged in various scientific and consultancy projects for the European Commission and the German government. Dr. Kern earned his Ph.D. in Political Economy from Freie Universität Berlin and holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich. As a native speaker of both German and Hungarian, Dr. Kern brings a sophisticated linguistic perspective to his research. Dr. Kern organized a meeting on political and economic challenges during the financial crisis in Hungary with former Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai at Georgetown University. He continues working with leading policy makers and researchers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and international organizations on various research projects.
Robert W. Bednarzik
Robert W. Bednarzik is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), joining the faculty full time in 2004, after serving as an Adjunct at GPPI for over 10 years, guiding thesis students interested in international and/or labor policy issues. He worked in public service at the U.S. Department of Labor for 30 years. Twenty of those years were spent as a Senior Economist in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs studying the impact of international phenomenon on U.S. workers’ employment and wages, and comparing how workers adjust to job loss with similar situations in other countries. He paid particular attention to the policies and programs necessary to support this adjustment. Dr. Bednarzik spent the early part of his government career at the Bureau of Labor Statistics learning databases and analyzing the domestic employment situation. He served as chair of the OECD’s Employment Working Party for five years, responsible for reviewing chapters in the OECD’s flagship annual publication the Employment Outlook. Dr. Bednarzik also was part of OECD teams assigned to review the labor markets of Poland and the Czech Republic prior to their entry into the OECD. He served on the U.S.-European Union Working Group to guide joint work between the U.S. Department of Labor and the EU’s Commission on Employment and Social Policy. He was the senior staff person for the annual G8 Labor Ministers meetings. He participated and represented the U.S. Department of Labor at numerous international meetings and conferences at the OECD, EU, and the International Labor Organization (ILO). His work included drafting speeches and talking points for the Secretary of Labor and other senior political officials as well as writing and researching on a wide range of labor issues, including flexible labor markets, entrepreneurship, and social safety nets. This work resulted in the publication of over two dozen articles and reports on a wide range of labor issues. His outside interest include hiking, golfing and reading.
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