WATER SPEAKS: Effective communication for advocacy, influence and impact

Date: February 05 to 08, 2019

Venue: School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI), Nimli, Tijara, Rajasthan

Language of Instruction: English

Open for: National and International participants

Last date to apply: January 28, 2019

Applications closed

Full and Part Scholarships available (details given below)

As it is said, we cannot manage if we cannot measure. Data influences every decision that we make. Information is required for managing every dimension of water and sanitation sector as well, be it access to the nearest public toilet, managing household wastewater and excreta, the amount of rainfall received, or how a city uses its groundwater etc. In recent years, our world has witnessed an information explosion in every field with data available just a few clicks away. However, the accuracy, accessibility, usability and communication of the available data is still a challenge. Also, how to use the available data for advocacy and influence is still unknown to many.

Access to specific data can help institutions and individuals improve upon existing practices or measures, or point us to answers or further questions which need to be addressed. How that data gets gathered, linked, interpreted, represented and communicated decides the impact it can create. Analysed and packaged well, it can be an excellent outreach tool, capable of making far-reaching influences and gaining leverage. This is essential since there is a vast potential audience with or without access to all this information. And therein exists a gap: at times what we say is not what the audience hears; at times what we say never even reaches/gets an audience.

Understanding this need for effective data communication, CSE’s School of Water and Waste at AAETI invites applications and nominations for its four-day residential training programme on urban water and sanitation data management, analysis, visualisation and outreach.


  • This training programme will enable participants to transform available water and sanitation data into effective stories which can influence advocacy and societal transformation

Learning objectives
Participants will learn about

  • Data sourcing – how to use smart tools and techniques to find the right data to tell your stories
  • Existing water and sanitation information platforms
  • The best practices for managing data
  • Simple tools such as MS Excel for sorting and analysing data
  • Communicating data – various platforms varying from public portals to professional platforms
  • Data visualisation tools and techniques -- for news, reports, research papers, studies, proposals, etc to communicate effectively across multiple platforms
  • Using data - for socio-economic research, development and advocacy
  • Influencing decisions - impactful communication and outreach, informed decision-making and effective governance
  • Institutional reformation – correct data pitching strategy for building support, fundraising and engaging with allies 

Training Methodology
Classroom lectures, presentations, case studies, group exercises, assignments and discussions

Target Groups
Water and Sanitation professionals working with non-profits, media, government departments & agencies, research institutions, academic centres, business organisations and environmental consultancies. Specifically, those involved in outreach activities for their institutions/departments.

Special Offers
Participants who are selected for the training programme would get either full or part scholarship. The selection would be based on participants’ eligibility, credentials, supporting documents and the probability of them becoming “change-agents” by transforming the learnings into on-ground implementation. 

Female participants, candidates from Economically Weaker Sections, Government institutions and sanitation alliance partners are especially encouraged to apply and avail the scholarship benefits. 

Full scholarship includes travel, boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees costs. Accommodation is available on double sharing basis and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations. 

Part scholarship does not include to & fro Delhi travel (from your respective location) costs. However, it covers all other costs mentioned above. 

Indian nationals are eligible for limited number of full and part scholarships. International participants are eligible only for part scholarships.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.  

For further information please contact

Saakshi Joshi, PhD
Senior Research Associate
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 321)
Email: Saakshi.joshi@cseindia.org 

Rudresh Kumar Sugam
Senior Programme Manager 
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 389) 
Email: rudresh.sugam@cseindia.org

Kiran Pandey
Programme Director
Information Management
+91 9871215338
Email: kiran@cseindia.org

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI)


Feedbacks on data workshop
“I found the lessons on searching, analysing, managing and presenting data very useful. This workshop helped me to understand the importance of the three Ds:
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
I also learnt that before collecting and analysing any data it is always important to set a desired outcome and keep the communication attractive and easy to understand.”

Houreilung Thaimei, Documentation Officer, EFICOR, Delhi
“The key learning from this workshop was how we can collect data from existing sources and analyse it.  This workshop will help me prepare project reports for funding. I want to use the pivot table skills and dashboard preparation skills to develop presentable documents.”

Sajan Joseph, Project Officer, MIDS, Tamil Nadu
“I learnt the concept of presentation and organization of thoughts and insights and 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, MPSM (Maharashtra Prabodhan Seva Mandal), Maharashtra
“One of the many things that I found most interesting and valuable during the workshop was the concept of how to build a story (context- data sets- data sources), data visualization, use Google smart searches, how to engage reader and focus on key areas. The CSE Team has acquired a very good skill of telling a story. Approach to training is very different and innovative”

Akash D Bhor, Project Associate, NIRMAN – SEARCH, Maharashtra
“Coverting data into presentable forms – fact sheet, infograph and the analysis of data using excel sheets and other softwares and application was very interesting. Today’s situation demands interpreting data into information which can lead to its widespread usage.”

Harish Babu HR, Programme Manager, ITC LIMITED, Tamil Nadu
“The information on data visualization, big data was very useful. I would recommend this course to everyone as content of the course was very good. Classes were very interactive which helped to assimilate the knowledge learnt.”

A Ramchand, Chief Environmental Engineer, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board