Category Archives: Training & Workshops

Global Health Mini U: Resources Round Up #1

Many thanks to the attendees at today’s Mini U session, “A Data Viz Makover: Approaches for Improving Data Visualization.” We’ve got two great round ups of data viz resources for  you, featuring work by colleagues and thought leaders who we admire and think you’ll love, and a forthcoming post with our resources and handouts from the session. Let’s use great visualizations to make sure data doesn’t get wasted!


From some of our favorite thought leaders:

  • Information is Beautiful – Great examples and ideas
  • Storytelling with Data | Cole Naussbaumer – Cole features both examples and practical templates that you can use when designing visualizations in Excel. Also consider checking out her in-person training events, which have gotten rave reviews!
  • Intentional Visualization | Stephanie Evergreen – One of the US thought leaders in data visualization, Evergreen was one of the founders of the American Evaluation Association Data Visualization & Reporting Technical Interest Group and continues to be a leading voice in the data viz space.
  • Ann Emery’s Excel Tutorials – Some of the best simple videos for improving your visualizations in Excel. Ann’s other resources on her site are also excellent, and she’s available for external presentations and workshops.
  • Policy Viz | Jon Schwabish – Full of helpful hints, Excel hacks, and data viz makeovers. Jon is also an excellent trainer on presentation design and visualizations; you can find more details on his website.
  • The Functional Art | Alberto Cairo – A leading professor on information design who has authored text books and hosted MOOCs on infographic design.


Great summary resources in data viz tools and approaches for design include:

  • Data Visualization Resource Guide – A round up of available tools for designing visualizations, as well as some great framing on why visualizing information is essential for promoting information use.
  • Data+Design eBook – One of the most comprehensive (free) guides to visualization design, coauthored by nearly 100 contributors from across the domain. Includes considerations for visualization before even undertaking your data collection processes and great step-by-step instructions on data cleaning, analysis for visualization, chart design, and more.

And for some great data viz humor and tips, check out Fresh Spectrum | Chris Lysy (to whom all credit for the awesome cartoon illustrations of this post should go).


Online learning opportunity on data viz basics on 18 December

Bringing information alive: an introduction to data visualisation

Thursday 18 December 2014, 12 Noon GMT

From simple line charts to elaborate interactive maps, data visualisation is an increasingly popular way to convey complex information and reach audiences within and beyond academia. By communicating messages clearly, effective visualisations have the potential to alter perceptions, influence people and bring about change.

This Learning Lab introduces data visualisation. It demonstrates the value of presenting data visually and provides basic tips on how to make charts and graphs more effective. The webinar showcases some free online tools to create infographics and charts.
Rebecca Wolfe is the Research Uptake Manager for the RESYST (Resilient and Responsive Health Systems) research consortium, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has been working in research communication since 2005, building up a sound knowledge and practice of data visualisation, including these examples:

Recommended reading:

Links to free programmes:


Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:

7:00am Washington DC
12:00pm London
1:00pm Geneva
2:00pm Johannesburg
3:00pm Kampala/Mwanza
5:30pm New Delhi/Bangalore

To take part in this month’s Learning Lab, register here.

July 31: AEA Coffeebreak Webinar on Interactive Reporting

Data Viz enthusiasts—got a free 30 minutes at 2 pm ET on July 31? Want to learn more about interactive reporting formats that could help manage the too-long report issue?


Spend it learning about some basic principles of developing interactive visualizations. Chris Lysy, cartoonist and visualizer extraordinaire is going to be sharing some of his insights and ideas from his work as a designer / systems analyst / evaluator, that’s sure to be well worth your 30 minutes. 

Learn more about the event over on his Fresh Spectrum blog, and register via GoToMeeting here.

Graphic Medicine Conference – June 26-28 2014

Graphic Medicine


Thanks to new Hub member Dr. Doug Storey for sharing this upcoming conference that aims to explore the interaction between comics and the discourse of healthcare. This year’s conference aims to highlight the relationship between comics, personal health narratives and public health issues such as barriers to healthcare and the stigma of illness… Can comics be considered Data Viz? Let us know if you’re going and what you think!

Blog: Storytelling with Data

I recently took a brief course with Cole Nussbaumer,  formerly of Google, and now an independent data viz professional.

Cole focuses on finding a story in your data geared towards a specific audience, and then creating very clean, simple data visualizations.  She uses science to support her data viz strategies.  She blogs about data viz, posts data viz make-overs, and links to lots of excellent resources.


Her most recent post talks about the “slidedocs” concept from Nancy Duarte, who aims to revamp business communications by introducing a new platform. Her slidedocs combine visual principles (design + visualization) with the established “leave-behind” slide deck concept popularized by consulting firms like McKinsey. It’s a great example of the interesting resources & visualization reconceptualizations that Cole consistently shares on her blog.

Cole also facilitates 1/2 day trainings all over the country and is available to consult with organizations.  Check out her fun and thoughtful blog, Storytelling with Data.