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The public sector must manage a greater volume of data than they have ever had to before.

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.

There is pressure to harness this resource, whether to improve efficiency or increase transparency.

Presenting data has never been more important, with remote working now the norm, it is even more crucial that data is presented in the right way, to help communicate effectively with internal stakeholders and external audiences.

To facilitate better working at home this course will be delivered virtually, which will help you learn in a comfortable and familiar environment.

This one-day virtual Effective Data Visualisation course gives you the necessary skills to visualise your data and to turn raw data into infographics, presentation slides, dashboards or reports that tell a clear story and drive the right actions.

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Andy Pemberton
Director, Furthr

Furthr’s director, Andy Pemberton, is a content expert with international experience. He edited Q magazine in London, launched Blender magazine in New York, which won Ad Age’s Launch of The Year, and also edited Spin magazine. He has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, The Sunday Times, The National (Dubai), and the world’s largest newspaper, The Times of India.

He writes columns for, and the Huffington Post in the US, and trains social media, data visualization and content strategy. He has worked as a content consultant for the RNLI, Time ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the key principles of data visualisation and how to apply them to your own work
  • Develop the skills required to identify the story in the data and tell it with maximum impact
  • Learn about the basic chart types and how to choose the best chart type for a dataset
  • 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 that you can share with colleagues
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:15


09:15 - 9:25

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

9:25 - 10:05

Data Visualisation Case Studies

  • Understand how to identify the story in the data
  • Discussion on good and bad examples of data visualisations and what makes them that way
  • Learn about the range of visualisations including interactive dashboards for web analysis to static publication quality diagrams in print
  • Understand how data visualisation needs to work in conjunction with supporting text and commentary
  • Understand about the different types of data; categorical, numeric, ration, and time-based; and learn how best to visualise these different types
  • Learn how to identify the right chart or graph for your data set
  • Be aware of the data governance considerations when using cloud-based online tools
10:05 - 10:15

Morning Break

10:15 - 10:25

Five Rules for Making Data Visualisations

  • Important questions before you start
  • Understand how to use techniques to give your audience both an instant message and the opportunity to explore further: sort, filter, drill to detail, tool tips, interaction between visuals
  • Short exercises in improving existing data visualisations by applying the lessons learnt to far
  • Understand how people process visual information and use that knowledge to build visualisations that are easier and more helpful for your audience
10:25 - 10:45

The Critical Importance of Headlines

  • Why headlines matter so much
  • The 5-7-9 Rule
  • Why question marks are your enemy
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 11:45

Workshop: Fix This Slide

  • Take one slide of data visualisation and make it work using the methods you’ve just learned
11:45 - 11:55

Workshop: Fix This Slide Part Two

In this sessions delegates will present their slides back to the wider group.

11:55 - 12:00

Morning Break

12:00 - 12:10

Hero and the Five Act Play

  • Unlock the secrets to building a data dashboard that is effective
12:10 - 13:00

Workshop: Name the Chart

  • Identify every chart that is used in the world today and learn what to use each one for
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:15

Tips for Making an Infographic

  • 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
14:15 - 15:15

Workshop: Creating Infographics

15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 15:40

When to go Interactive

15:50 - 16:00

Software Summary

  • A roundup of the software discussed throughout the day and a chance for questions
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close