Local Data Project: Telling Stories with Data

Event Date: Tuesday 30th November 2021

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Tuesday 30th November 11:00-13:00

We’re excited to launch our workshop collaboration with Economy this month.

How can we tell stories with data? How can we use it to make change in our local area? Explore this and more in this interactive workshop!

Join us to develop your data into a story. You can use the briefings from the Local Data Project to start you on your story journey, or you can bring your own ideas about local economic issues. We’ll help you to develop a compelling story that will effect change.

No experience of working with data or statistics is necessary.

In this session we will consider how to tell a story using data. We’ll work with existing stories about economic (in)equality before supporting you to work on your own. You can use the briefings from the Local Data Project to start you on your storytelling journey, or you can use the space to think about an issue that matters to you. You just need to bring your desire to make changes to improve women’s economic equality in your local area.

What you’ll gain from the session:

  • An understanding of how to use data to tell effective stories about economic inequality to make change happen
  • Inspiration on creative ways you can use data to tell stories
  • Practical space to develop an idea for a story on an issue you care about

The session will be interactive, and we’ll have time to meet people from other organisations working on improving women’s equality in their local area of the UK. Note: because the data is from the UK, we will prioritise participants from the UK.

Places are limited to allow for full participation. However, the session will run again in 2022. Due to the popularity of the programme, priority will be given to: people with limited experience of working with data; previous attendees of Local Data Project workshops; those involved in their local community.

We also ask that a maximum of two people from the same organisation apply to join. If you need to cancel, please let us know so that we can offer your place to people on the waiting list.

About the trainers

Fatima Iftikhar, Associate Director of Comms and Campaigns at Economy (weare.ecnmy.org) will be leading this session. Fatima leads the editorial team at ecnmy.org, she is passionate about diversifying who has a public voice on the economy and ensuring more people have the means to hold decision makers to account. She believes in creating fun, interactive learning spaces so be prepared to get hands-on.

Clare Birkett, Economy’s Associate Director of training and organising will also be on hand to guide participants. Clare is an expert facilitator and leads Economy’s workshops and courses which are all about empowering citizens across the UK to engage with the economy.

Emily Bell, Local training & partnership coordinator at WBG, will be there to help out with all things data.


Accessibility Information

The session will run for 2 hours with a short comfort break.

The session will be hosted on Zoom. Closed captions will be enabled through the Zoom platform. You can turn these off by clicking on the CC tab in the menu bar.

Some of the time will be spent in the main room with all attendees (about 15) and some of the time will be spent in small Zoom break out groups (about 3 – 5 people) and in pairs. The session will also use Google Documents and/or Google Jamboard to make ‘live’ notes. You will need a Google account to access these. You can participate without having access to these, but it will reduce your ability to participate.

The session may also use the Zoom polling function, and chat, but this won’t be essential to participate in.

Participants will need to join from a laptop or PC to participate in the hands on exercises.

The session will not have detailed slides. Notes will be circulated afterwards, and we welcome any formatting requests. The session will not be recorded.

There will be someone monitoring the Zoom chat function if you have any questions or problems during the session.

It can help the others in your break out room if you can have a camera on, but you can also attend without. We understand that there are many reasons not to put your camera on. We also recognise that many participants are juggling caring responsibilities at present, and you are welcome to adapt as you need!

Please feel free to get in touch for any further information. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements and we will do our best to accommodate. Email fatima.iftikhar@ecnmy.org