This graduate student wants to learn statistics to be a better policy analyst

Someone writes:

I’m getting a doctoral degree in social science. I previously worked for a data analytics and research organization where I supported policy analysis and strategic planning. I have skills in post-data visualization analysis but am not able to go into an organization, take raw data, and turn it into something usable. I’m planning to use my elective credits to focus on statistical analysis so that I can do just that.

I heard about the work you’re doing after listening to your EconTalk episode and want to learn more about issues using quantitative research in social sciences (and try to connect it as much as possible to the field of education). I have the option to create an independent study but there isn’t anyone at my institution is familiar with this work and able to construct a plan for it. I would love some advice as to how you think I might construct an independent study focused on these concepts (as well as thoughts on the background knowledge and skills in stats I would need to be able to understand the material). Any suggestions you can send my way would be much appreciated.

My reply: I’m not sure, but as a start you might try working with my
forthcoming book, Regression and Other Stories (coauthors Jennifer Hill
and Aki Vehtari) and my edited book from a few years ago, A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences (with Jeronimo Cortina).

Maybe the commenters have additional suggestions?