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Professional Learning Program

Data and Storytelling in Policy

Increase your impact with data driven narratives


Early bird $1080 (inc GST), Full price $1350 (inc GST)




2 x 3-hour sessions over 2 days


1-2 May (sold out), 21-22 August, or 6-7 November


“Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted” – Albert Einstein.

Data and storytelling can seem like somewhat opposing topics. However, in truth, they’re just two sides of the same coin.

While data provides fact, transparency and accountability, stories are how we make sense of the world.

In conjunction they build purpose-driven narratives that speak to stakeholders.

This workshop is storytelling training for emerging and established leaders who want to harness data-driven narrative to make an impact and drive change. It’s a highly interactive program focusing on knowledge and skills you can apply at work straight away.

Who is it for?

This data storytelling workshop is designed for:

  • early career public sector, local government and not-for-profit managers
  • leaders in the public sector or not-for-profit organisations looking to refresh their skills.

Learning outcomes

Throughout the program you’ll build a greater understanding of the need for – and challenges of – data-driven story. You’ll learn to:

  • identify the forces that influence the policy cycle
  • find, review and gather existing and new data
  • find, review and elicit story from a range of sources
  • explore how data visualisation and storytelling techniques can bring the facts to life
  • integrate storytelling with data to establish credibility and engage audiences
  • understand why communication must serve a broader purpose
  • communicate data-driven narrative for maximum impact
  • embed data and story into policy work.

You’ll learn from Dr Zina O’Leary – communication and research expert, Senior Fellow at ANZSOG and adjunct Professor at the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy, University of Delaware.


Data and Storytelling in Policy is delivered as two, 3-hour online sessions over two days.

This data visualisation and storytelling course incorporates a variety of inputs, as well as group discussion and small group work.



  • Day 1: 1 May, 10am-1pm (AEST), Online via Zoom
  • Day 2: 2 May, 10am-1pm (AEST), Online via Zoom

Program 2, 2024

  • Day 1: 21 August, 10am-1pm (AEST), Online via Zoom
  • Day 2: 22 August, 10am-1pm (AEST), Online via Zoom

Program 3, 2024

  • Day 1: 6 November, 10.30am-1.30pm (AEDT), Online via Zoom
  • Day 2: 7 November, 10.30am-1.30pm (AEDT), Online via Zoom

Registrations are now open for our 2024 programs.


  • Early bird: $1080 (inc GST)
  • Full price: $1350 (inc GST)

ANZSOG alumni receive a 15% discount.

More information

Want to learn more?

If you have queries about this course, please email our Program Delivery team on e.education@anzsog.edu.au (with the program name as the subject line) or call +61 3 8344 1984.