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

    Thomas Vroylandt

    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.

  • Charlie Hadley

    Charlie Hadley

    A UK-based data science consultant and open data evangelist, Charlie has worked in reproducible research and making research accessible since 2012.

  • Cara Thompson

    Cara Thompson

    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.

  • Crystal Lewis

    Crystal Lewis

    Crystal is a US-based consultant with a background in education research data management who enjoys working on problems others may find mundane. She is happiest spending her time wrangling messy data into useable formats, documenting data processes, and improving data management workflows.