Google lists “Act” as the 6th and final phase of the data analysis life cycle. This refers to the steps a Data Analyst can take to act on the results of their analysis.

This last of the six phases of the data analysis life cycle, presented in the Google certification course was somewhat unclear. At some places in the course, the act phase was described as making recommendations based on analysis results, but at other places it seemed in the act phase, an analyst would work with stakeholders to implement their recommendations.

The act section of the course focused on R programming and visualizations, followed by working on a case study or “capstone” as a portfolio peice in either spreadsheets, SQL or R.

My experience working in an environment of many analysts, after submitting the results of their analysis with recommendations, their job is done. The decision to “act” on the results of the analysis or follow the recommendations was the responsibility of the business owner who requested the analysis. While an analyst might offer their services to help implement a recommendation, they often were in no position to do this since other projects were awaiting their attention.

Some services that an analyst can provide that could be considered “acting” on the analysis results include:

  • Creating visualizations
  • Creating reports
  • Creating dashboards
  • Making analysis results available online through, for example, an R Shiny app