Communicating with Data: How to Think Like an Empirical Researcher


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.

Programme details

8.45am  Registration

9.00am  Introduction to data, Dr. Ria Ivandic

10.30am  Coffee/tea

11.00am  How to visualise and communicate data, Dr. Ria Ivandic

12.30pm  Lunch

1.30pm  Our World in Data: Research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems, Dr Charlie Giattino

3.00pm  Coffee/tea

3.15pm  Applications in policymaking, Dr. Ria Ivandic

4.45-5pm  Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £80.00
Baguette £5.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Ria Ivandić


 Departmental Lecturer in Political Economy, Department for Continuing Education

Dr Charlie Giattino


Researcher, Our World in Data, University of Oxford


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.