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Helping the rest of us

embrace the power of R

Since 2019, R for the Rest of Us has helped people around the world use R to make the world a better place. Through self-paced online courses, our cohort-based R in 3 Months program, training for organizations moving to R, and consulting work, we help people use R do things they never thought possible.

Founder and CEO

Hi, I'm David

Think you know what an R user looks like? I'm probably not what you have in mind.

I'm not a hardcore quant (my PhD is in anthropology). I'm not a coder ready to jump on you for any small mistake.

I want to help others avoid the pain that I went through learning R.

A teacher at heart (shoutout to my former second grade students), I make R less scary and more fun (yes, fun).

I first used R in 2015 at a workshop at the American Evaluation Association conference. I was intrigued, but, since my co-workers at the time used Excel and SPSS, I let my newly learned skills lapse.

In 2016, entering the world of consulting, I decided to give R another shot. I jumped back in, using free online resources to restart my R journey. I taught myself enough that I decided to give R a shot on a project I was working on. I got a few steps in, hit a roadblock, and had to go back to Excel.

A few weeks later, I tried R again on another project. Same result. I followed this pattern for several months, optimistically thinking I was ready to use R for a project, only to find my skills weren’t quite there yet.

It’s a common story among those of us who teach ourselves R. Without a guide, we waste time going down the wrong path without realizing where we’re going.

David Keyes

Our Team

Our global team of R experts supports clients on a wide range of education and consulting projects.

  • Thomas Vroylandt

    Gouvieux, France

    A France-based statistician who combines R skills with a keen sense of design, Thomas works on projects related to data visualization, creating workflows for automated reporting, and developing custom packages.
  • Cara Thompson

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Cara is a UK-based consultant specialising in data visualisations and parameterised reports. She is passionate about helping people make sense of data and automating processes to help organizations tell their stories.
  • Tanya Shapiro

    St Petersburg, Florida

    Tanya Shapiro specializes in data visualization, dashboard design, and report automation, Shiny application development, and business intelligence. In addition to developing high-quality static plots, Tanya also specializes in making interactive data visualization.
  • Libby Heeren

    Libby Heeren

    San Antonio, Texas

    Libby is a statistics-flavored data scientist, host of the Data Humans podcast, and an enthusiastic data community builder who leads with vulnerability and transparency. She’s done everything from industrial experimentation and computer aided drafting to process improvement and QA, and she loves to mentor and teach.
  • Gracielle Higino

    Vancouver, Canada

    Computational ecologist turned open science mentor, consultant, and advocate, Gracielle still wonders why species are where they are while she helps students to transition from grad school into non-academic jobs, building their skills around open science principles and values. An enthusiastic facilitator, she loves helpilng groups of people to talk to each other and to create amazing things together. And she loves clowns!
  • Joe Wanyua

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Joe plays a vital role in content management for the R for the Rest of Us website, and other channels. In addition, Joe provides a wide range support for marketing and other projects.