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Globally, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data a day, and 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. Because of this, the public sector is dealing with a greater volume of data than ever before. There is pressure to harness this resource, whether to improve efficiency or increase transparency.

When presented in the right way, data can be a powerful tool to communicate effectively with internal stakeholders and external audiences.

This course, led by data visualisation expert Alan Rutter, gives you the necessary skills to turn raw data into infographics, presentation slides, dashboards or reports that tell a clear story and drive the right outcomes.

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Alan Rutter
Data Visualisation Expert

Alan Rutter is a journalist, digital consultant, product owner and trainer.

He oversaw the iPad edition launches of Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue in the UK, and has been working with Condé Nast International as product owner on a bespoke digital asset management system for their 11 global markets.

Until November 2014 he worked with Guardian Masterclasses on curating and delivering new course strands and teaching their B2B data visualisation courses for clients including the Financial Conduct Authority, the Home Office, Novartis, Haringey Council and Gloucestershire Police Constabulary.

Previously he was ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the key principles of data visualisation and how to apply them
  • Develop the skills required to identify the story in the data and tell it with maximum impact
  • Gain an understanding of the characteristics of an effective infographic, chart or diagram
  • Discover free online tools and resources that will add impact to your data visualisations
  • Learn design tips and tricks that can quickly improve your data presentations
  • Develop a toolkit of techniques to share with your colleagues
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Why Does Data Visualisation Matter?

  • Why has data become a crucial way for organisations to communicate with internal and external audiences?
  • Introduction to the key elements of successful data visualisation
10:30 - 11:15

What Makes Good Data Visualisation?

  • Understand how to identity the story in the data
  • The principle of self-sufficiency: how much can you remove to enhance the clarity of the message?
  • Group discussion of good and bad examples of data visualisation, and what makes them that way
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Data in Context

  • Learn how to present data in different types of communications: written reports, slide presentations, email bulletins, press releases and dashboards
  • Understand how data visualisations need to work in conjunction with supporting text and commentary
12:15 - 13:00

How Do People Process Visual Information

  • Understand how to use layers and hierarchy to give your audience both an instant message, and the opportunity to explore further
  • Short exercises in improving existing data visualisations by applying the lessons learned so far
  • Know how to identify the right chart or graph for your data set
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Key Design Principles to Live By

  • Understand why visual elements must enhance the message rather than clutter and confuse your communications
  • Learn quick and repeatable visual tricks that draw attention to the key information (without needing a graphic designer)
  • Be aware of design and layout principles that will allow your infographics and visualisations to breathe
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Design a Data Visualisation Toolkit

  • Know which tools are available to help you quickly create data visualisations – including those in Microsoft Office, and free online options
  • Be aware of the data governance considerations when using cloud based online tools
  • Understand the trend towards digital and interactive data visualisation, and routes to further learning in this area
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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