Monthly Archives: November 2014
Improved Data Wrangling and Validation in Excel
Presented November, ’14 at CAIR
Are your Excel spreadsheets error-free? This presentation is intended to help you use automated processes to clean up and transform data in Excel. The overall approach combines vLookup, conditional formatting, named cells and ranges, formatting for meaning, and spatial layout. The resulting approach reduces errors, increases auditability, and speeds up repetitive tasks. Virtually all Excel audits find errors; this presentation is designed to increase your confidence in data wrangling tasks.
More than just getting input, we used focus groups to build a policy, grow support, and fast-track implementation. For our small tuition-dependent university, admissions standards are a politically charged topic. A small team began by creating data-driven admission criteria. We then used focus groups to engage with stakeholders campus-wide. Each focus group began with a brief presentation, and then quickly transitioned into a guided dialogue. The meetings allowed the team to find and address points of opposition. By the time the proposal went to the full faculty body and administration, most of the potential critics had already been engaged. This session will present the focus group methodology used to build consensus.