Data Viz: Skills for Visual Data Analysis and Presentation


This workshop builds on the successful workshop delivered at CES 2015 and adjusted to better fit evaluators’ needs based on that experience. The workshop builds capacity at the edge of most evaluators’ current toolboxes, bringing recent developments and practice in the effective exploration and presentation of data to a practical level. Participants will be introduced to skills that support:

  • capabilities in visual data exploration as an effective way to support/replace more time consuming and restrictive analyses
  • clear and compelling presentation of quantitative information via purposefully-designed graphics
  • effective integration of data into briefings and reports.

This draws on my own training with experts in the field and experience in develop visual analytics for a number of organizations. Part of the session will involve hands-on instruction using MS Excel. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a laptop computer.


John Burrett, haiku analytics inc. John Burrett’s job is to help organizations actually use and make sense of their data and make others care if they do. He focusses on developing effective tools: visual analytics, social/dynamic network analysis and effective presentation; and on building an organization’s capacity to use data effectively, for business, public good organizations and government. A long-time evaluator and policy person, John has also studied with leaders in the area of visual data analysis and communication and professional presentation design and built capabilities with leading tools for visual data analysis.






Some basic understanding of descriptive statistics and use of Microsoft Excel for data graphics.


Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Link to CE competencies for evaluators

  • Analyzes and interprets data
  • Draws conclusions and makes recommendations
  • Reports evaluation findings and results
  • Reports on progress and results
  • Uses written communication skills and technologies
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