More Than Words

More Than Words: Illustrating Data Webinar Series with data illustration expert Ann K. Emery. Double arrows in orange pointing right: To the right is an icon depicting a green laptop with three bars on the screen, ascending in height shortest left, tallest on the right. The rightmost bar is in orange, and the others are the same green as the laptop.

OCIC hosted a free, three-part capacity-building webinar series designed to improve your ability to demonstrate the impact of your work with renowned data illustration expert Ann K. Emery. The series covers topics such as using simple Excel tools for data analysis, data visualization planning and easy design tips for reports, social media, and dashboards, amongst others. This webinar was free and open to everyone, particularly monitoring and evaluation practitioners and development professionals.

Webinar Schedule

Part 1: Data Analysis

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Learn how to use Excel to quickly and easily summarize complex data. By the end of this webinar, you will be able to: do basic housekeeping in Excel, including freezing panes and renaming sheets; perform data cleaning and recoding, such as checking for missing data; generate descriptive statistics via pivot tables; and compile tabulated data to build appendices.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST
Where: OCIC’s eLearning Platform.

Part 2: Data Visualization

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Learn how to plan and execute effective data visualizations, using tools you already use. By the end of this webinar you will be able to: identify target audiences and adapt to their needs, whether they are technical or non-technical; adjust the same data for multiple formats, including reports, slideshows and dashboards; use the storyboard technique to give engaging in-person presentations; and select the right type of chart for the data you want to illustrate.

When: Monday, January 16, 2017 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST
Where: OCIC’s eLearning Platform.

Part 3: Design Principles

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Picking up from Part 2, this webinar covers best practices for data visualization design. By the end of this webinar, you will be able to: declutter your graphs by making simple tweaks to your computer’s default settings; write titles, subtitles and annotations; create effective labels that can be read in black and white as well as colour; create accessible designs for colour-blind audiences; and reinforce branding by adopting brand colours

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST
Where: OCIC’s eLearning Platform.

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Meet Ann:
Ann K. Emery equips organizations to visualize data more effectively. Within the past year alone, she has led more than 60 professional development trainings for more than 2,800 participants around the globe. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making data-heavy reports easier to digest for non-technical audiences. Recent clients include the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and dozens of professional societies, associations, foundations, and nonprofits. Learn more at

Questions? For more information on this webinar series, please contact Jasmine Vallve at