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IDEAS utilizes data for the common good. Housed within UMKC, IDEAS works toward for-credit and continuing education, multidisciplinary research and community engagement centered on the growing field of data science.
Putting IDEAS into good use

Whether in a quantitative or qualitative setting, understanding data and its real-world applications expands new tools and skillsets for the future. IDEAS partners with organizations and individuals to give them the tools to incorporate data analytics into their workflow. To learn more about how IDEAS can work with you, please contact us at

Upcoming Courses talentlink-rgb_frame-logo-grey.svg

The UMKC IDEAS Spring Data Analytics Workshop Series, powered by UMKC TalentLink, are up and running! Participants can take one course, or attend four or more courses to earn a non-degree certificate in data analyticsClasses will be held online. Visit UMKC TalentLink for future dates and more details.



About Us

Brent Never, Ph.D., is the IDEAS coordinator and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. His research considers the spatial and geographic implications of a decentralized human service system. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial regression methods, he has worked to identify communities underserved by human services. He has also worked to highlight clusters of financially distressed nonprofit organizations, those most likely to go out of business in the near future, raising the question as to who is served by financially ‘sick’ human service providers.



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5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112