Development Through Data: How to Communicate Effectively Through Data

Course Date:  November 08-10, 2017


The saying “what gets measured, gets managed” is more true today than ever. We are now in a time when data is overflowing; information is available from so many sources and so fast that sometimes we end up not making any sense of the happenings. And unanalysed data is as good as data not collected. So, processing data and information is the new way to communicate.

This three-day hands-on workshop is specially structured to build the skills required to access data, analyse and present it in a coherent and lucid format. The workshop will be led by data specialists, journalists and communication experts at Down to Earth (DTE) and the Centre for Science and Environment

After attending this workshop, the participants will

  • Appreciate the use of data as the effective medium for communication and informed decision-making on environment and development in the digital age

  • Learn how and where to look and research for relevant data

  • Understand how and when to use numbers

  • Get empowered with skills to analyse, interpret and give a perspective to data-stories.

  • Be able to process, visualise and transform data into simple, compelling and informative visualisations  - web/print

  • Know and be familiar with tools/software for effective data research, processing and presentation



Module 1: Data for effective communication and informed decision making on development
Module 2: Finding right data for stories
Module 3: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful
Module 4: Data visualisation

Who can benefit

This 3-day skills development workshop is intended for professionals working with non-profits, research organizations, media, government organizations and corporate, who want to learn the basic skills of data analysis and presentation essential to communicate effectively and strategically using data.

It will specially benefit the following

  • Project and programme managers with national and international organisations

  • Public relation/communication officers

  • Data managers, statisticians, researchers and students

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) /PR professionals in industries

  • Journalists – print/web

 Medium of Instruction

The workshop will be conducted in English. Functional proficiency in English is expected.

Course Fee

The course is available to you at a fee of Rs 15000 per participant. 20% discount for NGO and students. Accommodation and related costs are not included. However, CSE can help you find a place to stay.

Course fee includes instructional fee, reading material, lunch and refreshments. Accommodation and related costs are not included in the cost. However, CSE can help you find a place to stay.

The course fee should be paid in advance by demand draft / cheque / bank transfer in the name of CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT. Details for bank transfer will be provided on request.

Programme Schedule

Date:  November 08-10, 2017
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Venue: Centre for Science and Environment, 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi- 62


How to Apply:

The course fee should be paid in advance by demand draft/cheque in the name of CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT. 


Please complete the registration form (below), and email to   with cc to ,

OR post / fax the registration form (appended below) to CSE  (Fax: +91 (011) 29955879)

 Please note: Participants are expected to come with laptops

Eligibility and application

  • This short course is limited to 20 participants selected from open application process.

  • Applications are invited from India and other countries working full-time or part-time in development and/or social organisations and handling advocacy, awareness, activism and other outreach and engagement work.

  • Those working with government, corporate and international development organisations handling documentation, communication, public relation and web outreach activities are also encouraged to apply.

  • Multiple applications from the same organisation are welcome, although they will compete among themselves.

  • Interested journalists may also apply. This is not a journalism workshop, but various concepts of data analysis and visualisation covered in the workshop will be useful for journalists.


For information contact

Kiran Pandey
Programme Director - Information Management
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi - 62
Phone: +91 (011) 29955124/125 (Ext. 287)
Mob: 9871215338
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879


Feedbacks from earlier training programme
“The most important thingthat I take back from this Workshop was developing a story on the basis of raw data. How to use data available to develop a story or a document."

-Kailash Chand Pandey, Climatologist, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group, Uttar Pradesh
"I learnt the concept of presentation and organization of thoughts. It provided me insights on how to visualize them and make them presentable. For an organization especially NGOs to exist with relevance particularly for the grassroot experiments, data collection (primary) by them needs to be analysed, interpreted and presented."

-Joel Noronha, Assistant Director, Maharashtra Prabodhan Seva Mandal, Maharashtra
"This workshop helped me in understanding the current trends in communication products. It allows you to understand infinite possibilities."

-Sushmita Malaviya, Senior Communications Officer, PATH, Delhi
"The information on excel, data visualization, big data was very useful. I would recommend this course to everyone as content of the course was good. Classes were very interactive which helped to assimilate knowledge learnt. "

-A Ramchand,  Chief Environmental Engineer, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board
"Data analysis has become very important and this program has been helpful in enhancing my knowledge. "

-Rameshwar D. Gupta,  GM - Programmes, J K Paper Limited, Delhi
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