There is increasing pressure on public sector organisations to manage, process, and present large volumes of data. When presented in the right way, data can create impact and make a convincing case to key stakeholders.

This Designing Powerful Data Visualisations course gives you the knowledge to use a range of publicly available and free to use visualisation tools, such as Power BI, which will help you gain further insight and meaning from your datasets.

Through interactive workshops and the use of laptops, learn how to practice using digital visualisation tools on public sector related datasets.

Please can delegates bring their own laptops, with Power BI downloaded

About the Chair: Mark Wilcock
Mark is an independent consultant and trainer. He specialises in the analysis, visualisation and reporting of financial and economic data. He has worked for several clients including Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Nomura and Barclays. He has received Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last two 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.

It has held over 50 free events in the last four years on subjects such as machine learning, data visualisation, ethics of big data, personalised medicine and climate change. Mark is a regular speaker at conferences on data science, machine learning and data visualisation. He has technical expertise in Microsoft’s Data Platform and Power BI.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

A Good Data Visualisation

In this session, delegates use examples of publicly available interactive visualisations and discuss:

  • What makes them effective?
  • What techniques do they use?
  • Are they interesting and do they achieve their objectives?
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Introduction to Visualisation Tools

In this session delegates will be introduced to the following free and publicly available visualisation tools:

  • Python
  • Power BI
  • R programming
  • Tableau
12:00 - 13:00

Creating Impactful Visualisations

In hands-on exercises delegates will practice techniques to build interactive visualisations from public sector datasets using Power BI 

  • Slice data: slicers filter our dataset to focus on areas of interest
  • Apply slicers and look at the different types (eg. list, slider)
  • Navigate hierarchies with drill down
  • Practice drilling down from top level summary to bottom level detail
  • Utilise cascading sliders
  • Drill through: jump from a summary dashboard that focuses on the nitty-gritty details of an item
  • Build in interactions between visuals
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Creating Impactful Visualisations

You will learn to use advanced techniques using Power BI

  • Utilise storytelling techniques
  • Create tailored dashboards to follow through a logical narrative – especially useful in presentation to others
  • Implement what-if capabilities
  • Use tooltips and building custom tooltips
  • Creating synchronised slicers
  • Use colour to signify a value that requires attention
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Edit and Refine your Visualisation

  • Gain editing techniques to improve your visualisation
  • Use computer programming to refine, and improve your visualisation
  • Make sure your visualisation is compelling
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close

Mark Wilcock

Mark is a trainer in data analysis and visualisation. He runs a small consultancy, Zomalex Limited. Zomalex build reports and…

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