If you want to learn how to effectively present key data in the most visually impressive way, this course is for you. From preparing graphs for a presentation to understanding interactions between visuals, data visualisation gives you the edge.

This In-House Effective Data Visualisation training course gives your team the tools and techniques to help turning data into key infographics, convincing messages and easily understandable information.

Run this course to understand the key principles to presenting data and how they can apply to your work; learn about the different types of visualisations; gain quick and repeatable visual tricks that draw attention to the key information and learn about what free visualisation tools are available.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a toolkit of techniques that you can share with colleagues
  • Learn design tips and tricks that can quickly improve your data presentations
  • Discover free online tools and resources that will add impact to your data visualisations
  • Learn about the basic chart types and how to choose the best chart type for a dataset
  • 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
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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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?

  • The reasons for data becoming a crucial way for organisations to communicate with internal and external audiences
  • Introduction to the key elements of a successful data visualisation that will be explored during the day
10:30 - 11:15

What Makes Good Data Visualisation?

  • Understand how to identify 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 about the purpose and range of visualisations from interactive dashboards for exploratory analysis in web browsers to static publication-quality diagrams in print
  • Understand how data visualisation needs to work in conjunction with supporting text and commentary
  • Understand the different types of data; categorical, numeric, ration and time-based – and learn how best to visualise them
  • Know 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
12:15 - 13:00

How People Process Visual Information

  • Understand how to use techniques to give your audience both an instant message and the opportunity to explore further: sort, filter, drill to detail, tooltips and interaction between visuals
  • Short exercises in improving existing data visualisations by applying the lessons learnt so far
  • Understand how people process visual information and use that knowledge to build visualisations that are easier and more helpful for your audience
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Design Principles

  • 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 Microsoft Office and free online options
  • Understand the trend towards digital interactive data visualisations
  • Discover routes to further learning in this area
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close