Data Viz

Date & Costs

Monday, June 20
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

$800 (regular tuition)
$680 (if you register before May 9)
$680 (McCourt School alumni)
$600 (McCourt School students)

Target Audience

The target audience for the session includes people who have an interest in communicating their data and their analysis in more effective, visual ways. That can include data analysts, economists, financial analysts, program directors, researchers, data scientists, and others.

Course Description

In this hands-on session, participants will learn the core principles to data visualization and how to create charts and graphs that display data in effective and persuasive ways. The class covers the strategies, tools, and techniques of visual representation of data (often called data visualization). The class includes an overview of the field of data visualization, introductions to different graphic types and purposes, and instruction on creating and giving more effective presentations. The class includes applied activities in which the participants practice and demonstrate their new skills. Participants are required to bring a laptop that can connect to the internet via wireless.

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Course Goals

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of a data visualization
  • Understand methods of visual perception and their importance in data visualization
  • Identify different graphic types
  • Articulate the basic principles and best practices in creating effective visual presentations of data


Dr. Jon Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the Institute’s Communication team, specializing in data visualization and presentation design. 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. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Students who complete this course will earn 0.6 continuing education units.

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