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Equitable Data Storytelling - Sold Out

Jennifer Nulty & Martena Reed

Today, data is everywhere. We have access to massive amounts of data about participants, service administration, and program effectiveness. What isn’t so easily accessible is how we can best use those data to advance equity. Extracting useful takeaway messages and framing our data findings in a way that highlights inequities and identifies equitable solutions can be challenging. Traditionally, data stories about our programs and the communities we serve are centered around communicating needs and deficits. These narratives often perpetuate stereotypes, overlook individual and community assets, and further marginalize communities of color. We have the power and opportunity to transform the way we report on data so that it is culturally responsive, asset framed, and engages the communities we serve.

We will discuss strategies you can use to tell stories in a way that promotes equity and uses intentional narrative, data, and design. Using case examples, the principles discussed in this workshop will enhance attendees’ ability to communicate data findings that highlight underlying systemic drivers of inequity and consider how historical and structural factors impact participants of your program, your program itself, and its mission. We will use lecture-style training integrated with large group exercises and small group breakout rooms to give participants a chance to reflect and practice some of the techniques discussed. Harnessing the power of data by using effective storytelling and visualization techniques will give your organization the tools to better communicate program outcomes responsibly.

Learning Objectives:

The participants of this workshop:

  • participants will be able to frame data findings in ways that identify equitable solutions.
  • participants will have tools to engage the communities we serve in the data design interpretation process.
  • participants will have beginner knowledge on how to leverage data and narrative together to visually tell culturally responsive stories.

Facilitation Experience:
Pivot Data Design provides data design and training services. Our team brings creative energy to making data intriguing and impactful, while helping clients transform the way they communicate their story. Our work focuses on bringing research-based transformations to a range of deliverables including charts, slides, reports, infographics, and dashboards. Grounded in data visualization best practices, we teach methods of equitable storytelling, reducing visual clutter, and ways to best emphasize the most important points. Pivot is committed to revolutionizing the landscape of data reporting by working with companies, government agencies, and nonprofits using a capacity building training approach. We work to capture the audience’s attention with impactful visuals so they can make meaningful data-driven decisions. Our team is committed to advancing greater equity and collective well-being; we believe that we can develop more equitable systems by building the capacity of others, especially communities of color, to present and visualize data. We have worked with partners like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Evergreen Data, American Civil Liberties Union, and the University of Michigan.

Both facilitators have extensive experience presenting and facilitating interactive workshops. Pivot staff have presented versions of this workshop to hundreds of grant recipients through a partnership with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and have presented this to staff at the Centers for Disease Control HIV and AIDS Prevention Division. Over the last several years, Pivot has hosted dozens of other workshops on the fundamentals of data design and various skills-based workshops like building dashboards and one-pagers to many partners over the years.


Part 1: December 7th at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (EST)
Part 2: December 10th at 12:30 pm - 2:00 PM (EST)

This workshop is This workshop is capped at 40 attendees. Once you purchase the workshop you must register for both sessions. Recordings will be made available to registrants unable to attend sessions live. Recordings will be made available to all registrants for 90 days.