Wednesday 1 July 2020, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Data Visualisation: Exploring Power BI with Aileen McDonald, Third Sector Lab

Data is an increasingly important tool used to make evidence-based decisions, however, often one of the hardest things is turning a boring spreadsheet into something that will engage decision-makers and bring to life the story of the data. 


If you ever find yourself repeating the same sums in Excel or producing the same graphs over and over again for reports, then this workshop is for you! Using PowerBI, we will explore ways to automate these processes, saving you a lot of time and resource in the long run. 


This workshop will cover:


  • An introduction to data visualisation & dashboards 
  • How to connect to data sources
  • Introduction to data manipulation techniques
  • Build a simple interactive dashboard tracking key organisational metrics
  • How you can have easy updates of the reports if data updates or changes
  • How you can download the visuals for static reports (for example, in pdf form for a meeting)
  • Good practices for dashboard design 


…and you don’t need to be able to code to do any of the above!


Requirements for workshop: Windows computer.

Experience with spreadsheet data (e.g. using Excel) is beneficial for this workshop.


Aileen works as an instructor at CodeClan, Scotland’s digital skills academy, teaching on the data analysis course. She has a passion for all things data and being able to convert spreadsheets into insights and value for organisations. She is particularly interested in data in the third sector and has volunteered data skills to local charities, as well as being a DataKindUK volunteer.


Aileen previously worked as a trainee actuary in a pensions and investment consultancy and qualified as an Associate of the IFoA. She also worked as an Analytical Consultant at a customer analytics consultancy.


This session is only available to staff, trustees and volunteers of third sector organisations - charities, community groups, social enterprises and housing associations.

Aileen McDonald, Third Sector Lab
Aileen McDonald, Third Sector Lab