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United Nations Development Programme
Fourth National Statistics Offices Workshop: How to produce attractive content and master storytelling with data on SDGs?
ADP - Arab Development Portal
Amman - Jordan
15 - 16 Mar 2017
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Amman - Jordan

In follow-up to the third ADP NSOs workshop (conducted in November 2016 in Amman and in February 2017 in Beirut), this workshop will offer hands-on-training to statisticians and graphic designers to guide them through the process of producing attractive and visual statistical content on SDGs-related data using user-friendly and accessible software and tools.

During the Third NSOs Workshop, participants suggested a few training topics, one of which is report writing and producing visual content using open source software technologies. Participants highlighted the importance of producing attractive and digestible statistical analysis that are visually appealing to users. They also emphasized the need to enhance the coordination between statisticians and IT personnel or graphic designers who work in the NSOs of Arab states. 
The discussions had highlighted that first there are very few NSOs that have in-house capacities in the fields of graphic design and second that there is a gap between the technical but dry skills of statisticians and those of graphic designers. Statisticians need to enhance their capacities to produce different and new types of statistical reports by getting introduced to information design and learn storytelling using modern visualization tools, like still and interactive infographics. At the same time, graphic designers need to understand basic statistics so that they can produce more relevant and reflective products to the general public.

Based on Workshop III recommendations, this workshop will bring together statisticians and graphic designers from NSOs with the main objective to strengthen the collaboration between the two groups. It aims to improve the communication and data-driven storytelling skills of statisticians, on one side, and enhance the statistical literacy of graphic designers, on the other side. The participants will be first introduced to the basic principles of storytelling with data within the SDGs framework. They will also learn how to produce dynamic reports using excel. 

The workshop will offer participants guidance on how to create infographics using free online visualization tools in an attempt to help NSOs deliver data to the public in a more attractive and user-friendly manner. It will also introduce the participants to other interactive tools like interactive maps and timeline tools. During the workshop, participants will be divided into working groups, and they will get the chance to work on actual reports and datasets produced by their respective offices especially on topics related to the SDGs.
Profile of participants: This workshop targets statisticians and graphic designers who work at the National Statistical Offices in the Arab Countries.
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Profile of participants: This workshop targets statisticians and graphic designers who work at the National Statistical Offices in the Arab Countries.

Wednesday 15 March 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Coffee and Registration
09:30 – 10:30 Welcoming Session
? Welcoming Remarks
-Khaled AbdelAhafi, Director of the Regional Hub in Amman, UNDP-RBAS
-AbdelAziz Almaalmi, Director General, Arab Institute For Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS)
? Introduction: Objectives of the workshop and update on previous workshops
-Farah Choucair, ADP Project Manager, UNDP-RBAS
Group Photo

10:30 – 11:00 Session I: Basic principles of data-driven storytelling
Too often, data produced by the NSOs are not presented in a user-friendly manner, thus contributing to sustaining a general perception that data are not produced and an indifference to the efforts made by NSOs to increase their production of official statistics. Data dissemination and presentation are as important as data production, and bridging the gaps between data producers and data consumers should be perceived as a priority.
The SDGs aim to “leave no one behind”, and it is important for NSOs to play an active role in catering to the needs of citizens and consumers of data, such that the latter can take part in public debates around SDGs. Hence, the importance of advancing dissemination mechanisms and presentation efforts to make data more attractive visually. The production of data-driven and statistical stories is an effective way for NSOs to reach the general public as is shown by international best practices.
This session will introduce the participants to the basic principles of storytelling with data within the SDGs framework. It will demonstrate how NSOs can create a narrative structure for data.
- Lina Al-Ejeilat, Trainer

11:00 –11:45 Session II.1: Hands-on training on dynamic reporting using excel
The session will introduce participants to key formulas and functionalities offered by excel that help filtering and creating dynamic charts and proceed to the actual implementation by participants.
? Main functions to speed-up calculation
? Creation of dynamic charts
? Development of datasets for infographics
-Yasser Najem, ADP Senior Statistician, UNDP-RBAS

11:45 –12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 –13:00 Session II.2: Working Groups
Participants will work on datasets that include real data from the NSOs’ databases.

13:00 – 14:00 Session III.1: Principles of designing infographics
The visual presentation of data is becoming the language that statisticians and designers are using to communicate data with the general public, and the increasing availability of free online tools facilitates the creation of visuals and graphics.
Infographic is an important tool that the NSOs can use to produce readable and digestible graphics that are visually appealing to users.
This session will introduce participants to free online visualization tools and will guide them through the process of preparing statistical content to build an infographic on SDGs related topics such as health, labor and employment and education, etc…
? Showcasing free online visualization tools
? Basic introduction to the infographics building process
- Lina Al-Ejeilat, Trainer

14:00 –15:00 Lunch Break

15:00 –17:00 Session III.2: Working Groups and Presentations
Participants will be guided to implement knowledge acquired in Session III.1. They will then present the infographics they developed and talk about the process the working group went through the presented infographic. They are expected to focus on challenges and gaps in skills and to discuss the infographics produced by various groups.

Thursday 16 March 2017
09:00 – 10:00 Session IV.1: Introduction to interactive maps and geo-data
As users are counting more on having easier access to information, it becomes necessary to develop effective ways for visualizing statistics. Interactive maps is another important tool to visualize and understand data.
In this session, participants will be introduced to the importance of geo-data and will discover free online visualization tools that use interactive maps.
- Lina Al-Ejeilat, Trainer

10:00 – 11:30 Session IV.2: Working Groups and Presentations

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30 Session V: Hands-on training to build timelines using free online tools
This session will explore the basic techniques of building visually rich and interactive timelines. The participants will be introduced to free timelines tools that help create attractive stories.
- Lina Al-Ejeilat, Trainer

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30 Session VI. Best practices in data visualizations
In this session, participants will be introduced to pioneering examples of data visualization projects. They will have the chance to compare these examples to their work at the NSOs and discuss their relevance to the NSOs’ needs.
- Lina Al-Ejeilat, Trainer

15:30 – 16:00 Session VII: Closing Session: Feedback, Recommendations and Next Steps
In the closing session, participants are expected to share feedback in assessment of the training workshop and to discuss expectations and needs whether at the individual or institutional levels. The participants will also offer the ADP suggestions for specific topics and training workshops that they wish to attend.
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