Ready to make an investment in your organization’s future by moving to R? Making the jump to R can eliminate reliance on expensive software, improve your team’s efficiency, and offer an incredible professional development opportunity to your staff.
Working with a guide like me can help you move quickly and efficiently to R mastery. I’ll help you to develop the skills you have with your current tools — and help you develop new skills you didn’t know were possible.
There are many reasons to move to R. Here are three of the top benefits organizations get from making this switch.
Highly Efficient Workflows
Developing code with R allows users to rerun analyses on similar types of data. This makes it possible to save time, rerunning analyses with new data in seconds. With Rmarkdown, data importing, cleaning, analysis, and visualization all happens in one document, alongside your narrative text. When you’re ready, you can export your RMarkdown document to other formats (Word documents, for example) and share them with others.
Effective and Engaging Reporting
R is known for producing high-quality graphics. The ggplot2 package is used by top journalists as well as researchers. This package offers the ability to produce a wide range of graphs, maps, and more. It also offers the ability to create a custom theme that organizations can apply to all of their data visualization to give it a consistent look and feel. R can also produce interactive visualizations using a number of packages designed for this purpose. R users create interactive dashboards, maps, and more.
R is Cost Effective
All of this power comes at a cost: nothing, nada, zilch. That’s right. As free, open-source software, R costs absolutely nothing to use. If your organization is accustomed to paying thousands of dollars per year for tools, think of what you could do with those savings. Investing in R as the tool of choice for makes sense for the quality and efficiency of the work produced by your organization as well as its bottom line.
How Does Custom Training Work?
Custom training engagements involve one-, two-, or three-day training sessions, followed by project support.
All custom training is designed around projects that your organization is working on. Working with your data makes learning easier because it allows your team to focus on learning R, not having to remember details about a new dataset. And it shows staff how this new tool can help them solve problems they already encounter in their work.
Training sessions provide the initial dive into R. One-day sessions offer teams the chance to gain the fundamental skills needed to use R. Two-day sessions enable us return to topics covered on day one, going even deeper on them. A third day of in-person training enables us to cover topics specific to the needs of each client.
All training sessions involve a combination of short explanations, followed by exercises in which team members practice the new skills they are learning.
Following the in-person trainings, I provide project support. This can take a number of forms, but the most productive approach I have seen is to have staff work through a real project (or recreate a past project) in R with my guidance. This project support enables teams to confidently apply their R learning to their work and avoid any roadblocks they encounter along the way.
Why Work with Me?
I started R for the Rest of Us to help organizations embrace the power of R. Through custom training, I can work with your staff to make a seamless transition from whatever tools you’re using now to R.
There are a lot of great R coders out there, but only a few who really know how to teach. With a master’s degree in education and a decade of teaching experience (you’d be surprised how much overlap there is between teaching second graders to read and teaching new R users to code!), I structure custom training to ensure your team will develop the skills to do your current work, and to do things you never even imagined possible.
Yes, you can learn R for free. There are plenty of free resources to get you started. But knowing where to start can be extremely challenging. I learned R this way, and I know that I wasted a lot of time going down paths that weren’t useful. Having experienced this pain myself, I can move your organization quickly to R mastery.
How Public Profit Set Up a Structure for Success
When I began working with Oakland-based Public Profit, they were switching from Excel and SPSS. The move to R came with some anxiety, but with my support, they developed some creative structures to ensure the transition was a success.
We have had a terrific experience with David … Our team had a range of prior experience with R and SPSS, and he was able to put together a series of learning experiences that helped us all to improve our practice. I was particularly impressed that he used data from our projects to re-create our regular analytic processes to tailor our trainings.
How Moving to R Enabled Reading Partners to Engage More Deeply with Their Data
Reading Partners was using spreadsheets for all of their data analysis work. The work could be tedious and laborious, and left them little time to think deeply about their results. Until they moved to R.