Getting Started with R for Busy People

An Online and In-Person Two-Days Workshop by Olivier Simard-Casanova

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I am an economist (since 2012), a statistician (since 2014), and a knowledge sharer (since forever). I am a freelancer since 2019.
Bonjour !

My name is Olivier Simard-Casanova, I am the host of this workshop.

Have you ever wanted to learn R, but were too busy trying to find a good introductory course on the Internet? If so, I have a solution for you!

With Getting Started with R for Busy People, I offer you a two-days long workshop I specifically designed for busy people. You will learn everything you need to start working on your data right away — no less, but also no more.

On top of technical skills, I am also passing you many productivity tips I have learned in the field since I wrote my first line of R code back in 2014.

— Olivier

Please find below a 1-minute long video where I explain what the workshop is.

About the Workshop

What you Will Learn

  • How to work productively with R, RStudio and the popular Tidyverse.
  • How to import and prepare your data.
  • How to do basic and advanced statistics.
  • How to make beautiful plots.
  • How to make your code future-proof.
  • How to dive deeper into R.

What the Workshop is

  • The workshop is interactive. You will write R code. If you get stuck or have a question, I'm immediately available for you.
  • The workshop is for everyone, regardless of your field (you do not need to be an economist to attend the workshop) and experience with R and writing code.
  • The workshop will not just teach you the basics of R. The workshop will also teach you how to work productively with R, and how to learn more by yourself post-completion. Busy people need to work productively — today, but also tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
  • The workshop is built upon my personal knowledge and experience. I wrote my first line of R code in 2014 during my PhD. I learned R all by myself. The workshop is the workshop I wish I had when I got started in 2014. When you are a busy person, you do not have the luxury to spend years learning by trial-and-error.
  • The workshop will teach you how to use R in real life. Things often do not go according to plan. A good introduction is an introduction where you learn how to recover quickly when it happens.
  • The workshop is based on, and comes with access to, my online courseWhen you book a seat for a session, you get immediate access to the online course as well.
  • Thanks to the online course, you can easily search its content and go back to it post-completion.
  • The workshop is enjoyable and rewarding. Writing code is great, learning is great. And R, RStudio and the Tidyverse are also great!

What the Workshop is Not

  • The workshop is not a comprehensive introductory course. You will learn what you need to use R productively. No more, no less.
  • The workshop is not a crash course. We will not cut corners.
  • The workshop is not a lecture. I sure will explain things, but you will actively participate in the workshop by writing R code in RStudio.

They Enjoyed the Workshop

They attended the workshop:

  • Economists
  • Political scientists
  • Journalists
  • Social scientists
  • Data scientists

A big shout out to Olivier Simard-Casanova

I took his Getting Started in R course. While I’m not a beginner, it was helpful to revise the basics again; I got a lot out of the two-day course. My R coding skills and confidence have improved as a result, and I learnt many new code management techniques I hadn’t considered previously.
I recommend the course to anyone wanting to begin or improve their R coding.

— Paul Ward, Mastodon, 28 August 2023

Thank you to Olivier Simard-Casanova for his workshop and good advices on how to tackle R!

— Léo Berry, Bluesky, 11 March 2024

Content of the Workshop


The Basics

Get your Data Ready

Statistics and Plots

Make your Code Future-Proof



Attend the Online Workshop

Book a Seat for USD 400 or 400€

How it Works

For each online session, I open five seats at most. It is a deliberate decision, so that I can be fully available to help you and answer your questions during the workshop.
  • Each online session lasts two days.
  • Online sessions are available in Paris time and Eastern time.
  • Once you have booked your seat, you get access to the online course and its perks.
  • Online sessions are hosted on Microsoft Teams. Thanks to PowerPoint Live, each attendee can independently navigate in the slides. Microsoft Teams also offers live captions.
    • In case of technical difficulties, we fall back to Zoom.
  • I will share the Microsoft Teams link and the final logistical details a few days before the online session by email.


Day 1

  • Paris time: 9h-16h (local time, 9pm to 4am).
  • Eastern time: 8:30am to 3:30pm (local time, 8h30-15h30).
  • Multiple breaks included, including lunch break.

Day 2

  • Paris time: 9h-16h (local time, 9am to 4pm).
  • Eastern time: 8:30am to 3:30pm (local time, 8h30-15h30).
  • Multiple breaks included, including lunch break.

Upcoming Online Sessions

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Paris Time

  • 11 & 12 July 2024
  • 25 & 26 July 2024
  • 8 & 9 August 2024
  • 22 & 23 August 2024
  • 5 & 6 September 2024
  • 19 & 20 September 2024

Eastern Time

  • 18 & 19 July 2024
  • 1 & 2 August 2024
  • 13 & 14 August 2024
  • 29 & 30 August 2024
  • 12 & 13 September 2024
  • 26 & 27 September 2024

Book a Seat

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What you Get

  • A seat for the online workshop.
  • Access to the online course.
  • Access all future updates of the course.
  • Help by email if you get stuck.
  • Unlimited access to a monthly Office Hour (on Microsoft Teams) if you need help or have questions related to the course.
  • Three months of access to the Integral plan of my newsletter, which gives you access to my growing collection of ready-to-use snippets of R code and RStudio guides.
  • Terms apply, see below.
Book a Seat - USD 400 or 400€
  • Is USD 400 or 400€ too expensive? You cannot pay with one of the payment methods listed above? Contact me and I will see what I can do!
  • Interested in a group purchase, or a private session for your team or for yourself? See below.

Terms of sale:

  • No refunds.
  • If you cannot attend the session you have bought a seat for, you will be able to attend another one, free of charge.

Book a Private Session

You can book private sessions, for instance for yourself, or for your team — both online and in-person. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me.