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Overview

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

This 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.

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Mark Wilcock
Data Analysis and Visualisation Expert

Mark is a trainer in data analysis and visualisation. He runs a small consultancy, Zomalex Limited. Zomalex build reports and dashboards using Power BI. Clients include firms from many sectors; banking, local government, health, public transport, charities and higher education. Mark has received Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last four years. He has a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College, London. He is the organiser of London Business Analytics Group, a very popular community meetup group.

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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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Agenda

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09:15 - 09:45

Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome 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 a Good Data Visualisation?

  • Understand how to identify the story in the data
  • 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 about the different types of data; categorical, numeric, ration, and time-based; and learn how best to visualise these different types
  • 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, 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
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

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 that are easier and more helpful for your audience
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 them in Microsoft Office and free online options
  • Understand the trend towards digital interactive data visualisations and routes to further learning in this area
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Venue

Central London