Communicating data

11:55 - 13:25

Wednesday 12 May

How to use - Tableau

Tableau is one of the leading tools for building interactive dashboards. This is a practical workshop aimed at those who have no/little experience in Tableau. Starting with some fake service user data held in spreadsheets we will work through building an interactive dashboard that looks to answer some key questions for a social change organisation. The aim is by presenting the data in an engaging and easy to read format the organisation can more easily gain insights leading to making data driven decisions. 


If you ever find yourself producing the same graphs over and over again in Excel for reports, then this workshop could be for you.


If you plan to follow along (which is definitely encouraged) please download the Tableau Public programme before the workshop ( If it is possible, a 2 screen/device set up is optimal (one screen to watch the workshop and another to follow on your own Tableau programme) but it is definitely not a necessity!

12:15 - 12:40

Wednesday 12 May

How we used our data (both internally and externally, for good) during COVID at Citizens Advice

In this session, Citizens Advice discuss how they built a consolidated dashboard and set up regular data discussions to help their service tackle the COVID crisis internally. They’ll talk about what they learnt from this process, and from their work using social media influencing with their news and comms teams to help their external stakeholders and the government understand the ever-changing concerns of people during the pandemic.

15:25 - 16:55

Wednesday 12 May

How to use - Excel

Are you looking to increase your confidence in using Excel, and get quick insights from your data to answer organisational questions? This workshop will cover data layout, sorting, filtering and basic data manipulation. We’ll also look at basic formulas, making charts, and tips for designing your spreadsheets to make them easy to follow.


If it is possible a 2 screen/device set up is optimal (one screen to watch the workshop and another to follow on your own Excel) but it is definitely not a necessity!

12:15 - 12:40

Tuesday 11 May

How to use geospatial data

This session aims to inspire attendees to make use of their own, and externally held, geospatial data and equip them with the knowledge to do so. Based on a broad range of real life examples of nonprofit use of geospatial data that range in complexity, the type or format of data, tools used, and eventual visual output, attendees can follow along with each stage and leave the session inspired to map their own data.

11:45 - 12:25

Monday 10 May

How to use data to tell a good story

How does data translate into publicity and journalism? There are always good stories in data, and this session is about how to bring them out. Freelance journalist David Ainsworth will talk both about how you can use data to tell the story of your own charity, and how data can be used to change perceptions of the voluntary sector as a whole.

12:30 - 12:55

Monday 10 May

How to use more data visualisation in your charity

Whether it was Covid-19 charts, or US election maps, in 2020 the public became more familiar than ever with data in visual form. But sadly, too few in the social sector use this mix of design and statistics effectively. This session will focus on how they should be using data visualisation to aid decision-making and communication, and how to do it well.

Oliver is the Evaluation Manager at Imperial Health Charity, an NHS charity supporting patients and staff at five London hospitals through grants, arts and volunteering.

13:35 - 14:35

Monday 10 May

Data and the board: challenges and opportunities of driving data transformation as a charity trustee

Having data-confident trustees can be so pivotal in making data a part of decision-making, particularly for smaller charities. Yet this skill set is rarely prioritised in trustee recruitment. This session will look at these questions:

  • What are some of the challenges to successful data-savvy trusteeships?
  • What are some of the top tips for trustees who want to lead data transformation?
  • How can I get a trustee with expertise in data?

If you are interested in super-charging your board with data skills, this session is  for you.