Introduction to data visualisation

Open to
All staff in the Government Statistical Service
Training category
Presentation and dissemination
Type of training
Good Practice Team
Good Practice Team


This course aims to:

  • provide an overview of good practice in the design and presentation of tables, graphs and maps and the use of colour
  • outline the core principles and theoretical issues in the development of data visualisations
  • explain how people think about data visualisations

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will have developed awareness of:

  • basic design principles that can be applied to static tables and graphs to ensure effective communication
  • how to apply best practice in the development of tables, graphs, maps and colour schemes
  • the use of data visualisation for reference and demonstration purposes

How to book:

This course is an e-learning module which is hosted on the Learning Hub, managed by the Office for National Statistics. In order to access the training you will need to have a Learning Hub licence, if you do not have one please e-mail

Webinar recording

A recording of a data visualisation webinar, based on this training, is now available on the Analysis Function YouTube channel.

Compelling insights through data visualisations (webinar recording).