LBJ Data Studio
Fall Workshop Series: LBJ Data Studio Session #1
Friday Sept. 10, 2021, 2021
Noon to 1 p.m.

Are you interested in gaining data skills while you are in graduate school? Starting on Friday, September 10th, LBJ Data Initiatives and the RGK Center will be hosting data learning sessions every other week for students. Think maps, charts, web scraping, reporting, and dashboarding. Here’s a bit of info about the sessions, which we’re calling the LBJ Data Studio:

  • What kinds of things will be covered? Here’s some of topics that we’ll cover:
    • Easy and Effective Charts
    • Making Beautiful Maps
    • Efficiently Getting The Data You Need
    • Writing Reproducible Policy Analysis (this one is especially helpful for quant assignments and policy memos!)
  • Who are these sessions for? The sessions are tailored to policy students and aimed at all skill levels. We teach people R using the tidyverse, which is an easy and very readable way of coding.
  • What if you don’t have technical skills? Whether you’ve got some experience with coding or you have absolutely zero coding skills (which was true for the presenters when they started LBJ), there will be something for you to learn that will be valuable in your career.. If you’ve ever used things like Excel or Google Sheets in the past, you’ll be just fine.
  • What if you don’t have a ton of time? What we teach makes a lot of policy work easier. Investing in it now will pay off over the course of your time at LBJ. Also, there’s no homework!
  • How does this help you as a policy student? Regardless of whether you consider yourself tech savy, you probably came to policy school to solve meaningful problems and be competitive in the job market. Learning data skills can help you accomplish both goals in an exciting and expanding field. There is currently a huge demand for data professionals among nonprofits, consulting firms, think tanks, government institutions, and NGO’s.
  • Who’s leading these session? The sessions will be led by two LBJ Alums who came to UT with minimal technical experience and no coding skills. Both now work at UT. Their info is below:
    • Ethan Tenison: Project Manager for Data Initiatives at the RGK Center.
    • Matt Worthington: Senior Project Manager for Data Initiatives at the LBJ School.
  • What if I have other questions? Great! Email Matt Worthington ( and Ethan Tenison ( if you are interested in learning more. 

Side note: As both staff and former students, Matt and Ethan have contributed significantly to the LBJ School’s data science offerings because they believe grad students benefit greatly from learning data science, regardless of where they end up working after graduation.