Hacking 4 Justice

The State's Attorney's Office is excited to partner with i.c.stars to offer a free 2-day data training workshop for the Cook County community!

What: Two days of hands-on training in professional-grade analytical tools, led by the SAO's Chief Data Officer and local experts, using the same public datasets at the heart of the SAO's commitment to transparency.
When: September 22nd and 23rd, 2018
Where: The i.c.stars Office in River North
How to participate: Applications for this workshop have closed. If you would like to stay informed about future opportunities, let us know!

Workshop Overview

Hacking 4 Justice will be an inclusive, positive training event open — for free — to anyone in Cook County. The ideal participant is passionate about criminal justice, has some experience working with Excel or Google Sheets (or even R) but does not need to be an expert, and is excited to spend two days digging into data and learning new skills. We'll provide the training, the food, the caffeine, and the WiFi.

On Saturday, we'll talk about the structure and significance of the SAO's public case-level data and introduce critical R skills like data cleaning, graphing, and descriptive statistics. We'll also talk about doing analytical work in teams, and the best approaches for designing research questions. After getting everyone up to speed, we'll split up into teams ourselves to put our new skills to work on actual analytical projects using SAO data — and the training venue will stay open overnight for everyone to keep working as late as they want.

On Sunday, each group will finish up their project work in the morning and we'll spend the afternoon sharing what we've built and learned.

By the time everyone heads home, every participant will have a solid foundation using R for statistical analysis, a solid understanding of the SAO's data transparency efforts — a brand-new network of like-minded civic tech people.