31Oct
OCTOBER 31, 2019: NW GIS CONFERENCE – COMBINING DISPARATE DATASETS TO GET THE DATA YOU NEED
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Steve presented at the NorthWest GIS User Conference on the topic of combining disparate datasets in Bremerton, WA on October 31, 2018.

Abstract: Do you ever struggle to find the exact GIS data that you want? Do you get frustrated that available datasets aren’t granular enough or are redacted in a way that isn’t actionable? We live in the Big Data revolution, so why should we give up if we don’t find the exact GIS data that we are looking for? In this session, we will explore the idea that to get the GIS data you want, one dataset, you may need to employ and combine multiple datasets. To demonstrate this, we have a case study on enhancing international wealth and demographic data, although this approach can apply to any GIS dataset and to any GIS industry.

*You can read the rest of the abstract, here.

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18Apr
April 18, 2018: So You Want To Be A Data Analyst?
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Written by Webster Pacific Managing Partner Tom Paper. Published on Medium on April 18th, 2018.

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I’ve hired and employed over 25 recent college grads since I graduated from Stanford Business School in 1990. The consulting practice, Webster Pacific, that my partner and I lead does strategy work that is highly data-intensive. We crunch massive amounts of data to answer our clients’ questions, many of which are in the K-12 private school business. The questions we answer include: Where should we open a new school? Where is the wealth in a market? Why are families leaving our school? How far do applicants typically live from our school? Why are teachers loyal to our school? To answer these questions, we analyze data…mountains of data. We currently employ six data analysts.

So here’s my advice to all recent grads interested in becoming a data analyst:

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19Mar
March 19, 2018: US Data is Easy. International Data is Hard.
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Written by Webster Pacific Managing Partner Tom Paper. Published on Medium on March 19th, 2018.

Getting US data is easy. Getting international data is hard. For many reasons, US data about demographics and wealth is easy to find, even on a micro-geographic basis, but in virtually every other country in the world, finding data about demographics and wealth is very hard.

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09Mar
March 7-9, 2018: NAIS Conference, Mission-driven data visualization- Compelling dashboards that transform student learning in real time
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Conference Workshop Presented by Webster Pacific Consultant Daniel Saniski

Many schools possess extensive data, but struggle to produce insights that fuel student success. At Avenues: The World School, we have codified our goals by defining the essential skills of a graduate, and use a wide variety of data to measure these goals in a systematic fashion. Our dashboarding system, co-created with Webster Pacific, is used to report student performance and growth against these goals in real time, allowing us to visually measure success across many years, answer important research questions, and communicate effectively with diverse audiences. In this session, we’ll show how we use data visualization to create actionable insights from our data.

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23Oct
October 23, 2017: Market Selection Analytics – Choosing a National Strategy
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Written by Webster Pacific Consultant Steve Bazant. Published by Propmodo on October 23rd, 2017.

Recently, I was sitting down with a contact who works at a premier commercial real estate (CRE) investment company with a nation-wide portfolio.  We were discussing his national portfolio and the types of markets in which the company usually invests.  At one point during our conversation, he said something that struck me: “Our current strategy is to only invest in sunbelt markets.”  His reasoning here was that these markets are “up and coming”.  I knew that this contact had huge success in the world of CRE, but I found myself thinking, what does “up and coming” even mean?  How do you prove that?  How could a national investment strategy be the southern half of the entire country?

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23May
May 23, 2017: Using Data-Driven Location Analytics to Guide Commercial Real Estate Investments
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Written by Webster Pacific Consultant Steve Bazant. Published by Propmodo on May 23rd, 2017. 

My father, a seasoned commercial real estate broker, always told me that real estate is about “location, location, location.” While working in his office as teenager, I can remember hearing brokers arguing loudly about which neighborhoods were up and coming, what the residents were like, and where the most money could be made. After working in the consulting industry for several years, my company, Webster Pacific, has embarked on an analytical journey to better quantify “location, location, location.” To educate our clients, we have taken our own, novel approach to location analytics.

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08Oct
October 13, 2016: Cost and Value in K-12 Education
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Core questions:

  • What is educational value? What is the value proposition for charter, district and private schools?
  • What are the biggest components of the cost and how do costs vary between public, private and charter schools?
  • What cost centers generate the most and least educational value?
  • What schools or districts would you hold up as role models for achieving great educational value for their cost?
  • What are the greatest opportunities for advancing educational value and/or reducing educational cost?
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