Data dashboards use live data and creative visualizations (including charts and graphs) to report or communicate a point. This workshop, a three-day hands-on training, will prepare urban researchers and analysts to create and deploy dashboards as a tool for evidence-based urban development. Combining theory and practice, the course will help participants understand when to use this tool, and walk them through the steps to build their own dashboard using open-source software.
The course will use the comprehensive targets and indicators of Agenda 2030’s SDG #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) as a framework for data collection and reporting. Participants will learn how dashboards can be used to disseminate a narrative or to deploy information to stakeholders at key points in the governance process, shaping urban development outcomes.
Drawing on real data sources for the indicators under SDG #11, participants will build their own urban data dashboard, designing a narrative and exploring how different data visualizations such as graphs and charts meaningfully communicate information. They will leave the course with a completed data dashboard, and ready to apply principles of data visualization in their own city.
Learn how to design powerful data narratives and to shape the dissemination of live data to inform decision-making.
Gain fluency in using SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities) as a robust framework for local development priorities and its indicators as the cornerstone of a thorough urban data strategy.
Be able to build your own data dashboard with open-source tools choosing the visualizations most appropriate for each data type.
Participants / prerequisites: This course is not introductory level, and some experience in urban planning, administration or projects or research is mandatory. Participants will include researchers, analysts, urban practitioners and governance professionals. Students with several years’ experience in urban issues may also benefit from the course. Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer.
Ruchi Varma is an architect and urban development expert who heads OpenCities Institute, leading the effort to design solutions for data-driven sustainable urbanism based on the principles of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda. She has worked on research, planning and design for sustainable city initiatives in India, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Seoul and Ghana. Through these initiatives, she has also been held numerous training sessions and capacity building workshops with urban professionals, development experts, bureaucrats and city administrators. Ms. Varma has taught sustainable urban design at the postgraduate level and international summer schools at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is the recipient of the 2017 Integrated Sustainable Development Leadership Fellowship awarded by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) in India.
Christopher Gejit Tongbram is an experienced data expert, who has led multiple data management and analysis projects for governments and multilateral institutions including the UN and WHO. His team creates comprehensive and richly disaggregated databases, and conduct analysis on cross-sectorial data repositories over millions of records; for over 7 years he has developed strategic data dissemination and monitoring products such as profiles and dashboards deeply tailored to context. Christopher is a seasoned instructor, and has trained professionals at every level on data management technologies in India, Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Botswana, Rwanda, and Uganda among other countries.
Géraud Bablon works at the intersection of human development and critical spatial design. He contributes to the OpenCities Institute as a programme associate, where he applies his interest in pro-poor policy and programs by helping to develop new processes for evidence-based planning. Previously, Géraud coordinated communications and development for the international nonprofit design studio MASS Design Group in Boston, United States.
Jayati Narain is a sociologist and urban researcher. She focuses on understanding the urban systems that become key players in development and growth debates, approaching these in a context-specific manner through the use of various sources of data and research methods. Jayati’s most recent work has been on policy issues concerning local governance and city planning, with a public policy think-tank based in Kochi, Kerala. She is a 2016 India Urban fellow with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore.