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Data Visualization and Tableau

Data visualization, the study of the visual representation of data, is integral to researchers’ and analysts’ work. Organizations that produce, analyze, and release large amounts of data can more effectively communicate their findings if they can better visualize their data. Often, however, visualizing research results is an afterthought, secondary to the analysis, which ultimately limits the effective relay of information.

This Data Visualization and Tableau full-day workshop will introduce participants to data visualization and show them how to create visualizations in the Tableau software tool.


The Morning: Introduction to Data Visualization

The morning session (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) includes an overview of data visualization and an introduction to different graphic types and purposes and best practices and strategies for creating effective visualization. The session is a combination of lecture and small-group work. You will not need a computer to conduct the exercises.

This morning workshop will be taught by Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and founder of PolicyViz. Dr. Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks, helps people improve their preparation, design, and delivery of data-rich content. @jschwabish


The Afternoon: Tableau Training

In the afternoon (1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.), attendees will learn how to create interactive data visualizations in the Tableau software tool. This training includes sample data, exercise documentation (with answers), and a final workbook and combines “follow along,” “do it yourself,” and group exercises.

The afternoon workshop will be taught by Brittany Fong, a leading voice in the data visualization community and a Tableau power user since 2012. She is the organizer of the DC Tableau User Group, a coorganizer of the DC Data + Women group, and a Tableau User Group Ambassador. @BFongData.


What You Get

Attendees will receive copies of Dr. Schwabish's book, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks, the desktop Graphic Continuum data visualization library, and other handouts and resources. Morning and afternoon snacks are available; lunch is not provided.


This event requires purchased tickets. Discounts are also available for students with a .edu email account, nonprofit organizations with a .org account, and for group purchases. For more information, please contact

Date & Time Thursday, January 31, 2019
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
Lobby Level Conference Room
Washington , DC , 20037
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