In the week of 20-24 February 2017, 13 employees from the national government participated in the Data Communications and Infographics Basics Workshop at the Central Facility at the government complex in Palikir. The participants represented the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Resources and Development, and NORMA.
The objective of the workshop was to teach participants how to turn complex information and data into infographics (pictorial presentation of the data) for a wider dissemination, with a primary focus on Household Income and Expenditure (HIES) based statistics. The training targeted data producers or providers and was specifically designed for National Statistical Offices communicators.
During the workshop, the participants learned: how to think about data and the visual communication of data; how to conceptualize an infographic that reinforces their message; and how to make their inforgraphic-design easily understood by a wider audience.
“The whole point of the exercise really is to enable robust ‘evidence-based’ decision making or policy formulation. When information is presented in an easy to understand manner, and infographics do that in a dynamic way, it has higher chance of being utilized in high-level decision making processes, and thus to improving our citizens’ lives”, said the Assistant Secretary for Statistics, Ms. Brihmer Johnson.
The workshop was organized by the Statistics for Development Division (SDD) of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea and the Statistics Division of the Department of Resources and Development (DRD). It was a follow-up to the HIES Data Analysis Workshop conducted in September last year, at which time the participants learned basic data analysis skills, brainstormed on concepts for infographics to convey key messaged relevant to their program areas. This workshop provided the participants the opportunity to transform these ideas into infographics, with the guidance of Infographics Expert, Ms. Gaelle Le Galle.
Mr. David Syne, IT Manager from the Education Department said “infographics is very interesting and relevant to my work. I’m excited to begin using this tool and sharing the education ‘story’. It would get the message across easily, and in an eye-pleasing manner too”.
By the end of the workshop the participants were able to produce 20 posters. The final versions will be availed to the public upon completion of data checks and validation process. To view a sample poster click here.
For further information, please contact the Division of Statistics, Department of Resources & Development at (691) 320 2646/5133/2620 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release #S001-17
Palikir, Pohnpei – Dept of R and D
March 3, 2017