In the past decades, the recent technological advances and availability of data have led to a growing importance of communicating with data and empirical evidence in both policy making and journalism. This has become evident in the Covid-19 pandemic where the rate of infections and deaths became an everyday obsession for citizens and policymakers alike.
This course will provide an introduction on how to understand, find patterns and communicate effectively with data. You will learn an approach to finding patterns in data through visualization and how charts can be used to effectively communicate messages. We will also cover principles on how to avoid making most common errors in data communication.
In the afternoon, the lectures will apply these learnings to specific topics in policy making and delve into how using data can improve our understanding of these issues.