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 internal and key stakeholders.

This public sector focused virtual 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.

Attend this specifically designed virtual course to learn what a good data visualisation looks like; gain an overview on different types of visualisation tools; create more impactful visualisations, and apply editing techniques to refine your visualisation.

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

Please note will use Zoom for this course and Power BI will have to be downloaded onto the laptops. 

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

“A good balance between critically appraising a range of visuals and hands-on doing in Power BI” – Head of Analysis & Information, HMCTS

About the Chair: Andy Pemberton
Furthr’s director, Andy Pemberton, is a content expert with international experience. He edited Q magazine in London, launched Blender magazine in New York, which won Ad Age’s Launch of The Year, and also edited Spin magazine. He has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, The Sunday Times, The National (Dubai), and the world’s largest newspaper, The Times of India.

He writes columns for, and the Huffington Post in the US, and trains social media, data visualization and content strategy. He has worked as a content consultant for the RNLI, Time Out, BT, and more. He is also a leading data visualization expert, and includes the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and Aviva among his clients. He is a judge at this year’s British Media Awards.

09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • A quick video tutorial will be shown on using Zoom
  •  Breakout rooms will be used for delegates to introduce each other
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 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
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

Round Up and Key Takeaways

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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Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

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A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 6 weeks, 2 weeks and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 542 9440 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

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A: Why not contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or email