Data and Storytelling in Policy
Early bird $1080 (inc GST), Full price $1350 (inc GST)
2 x 3-hour sessions over 2 days
1-2 May, or 21-22 August
One of the most fundamental challenges in the public sector is influencing the policy cycle. From issue identification through to policy development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting, our goal is to take the most efficacious action possible. But what does that look like? Well, we know we need data. Data informs action in ways that offer effectiveness, transparency, and accountability. But we also need deep, intuitive, and empathetic understanding, meaningful story, and compelling narrative. And these two somewhat dichotomous realms need to come together in a largely seamless way. These are the challenges tackled in this highly interactive workshop; to influence the policy cycle through use of data and story.
There has always been acknowledgement of the need to integrate data and story – just not enough practice of this in the public sector:
‘Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted’ -Albert Einstein
“The world cannot be understood without numbers. But the world cannot be understood with numbers alone.”– Hans Rosling
“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories—tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.” -Dan Heath
The workshop will run online as two 3-hour sessions over two days. It will incorporate a variety of inputs, group discussion and small group work.
This program is highly applied. The goal is to have participants working on new modes of influence able to be immediately actioned in the workplace.
What will you learn?
In the public service, there is always a need to become more persuasive and have more impact. One of the most effective ways to do this is by knowing how to integrate and balance data and story.
Participants will learn the skills needed to make a case, the empathy needed to engage their audience and the data needed to ensure that audience buys into the presenter’s credibility.
Knowing how to seamlessly incorporate both forms of evidence into argument will be of service through any public sector career.
On completion of this course, participants will learn:
- Identification of various forces that influence the policy cycle
- Understanding the need for and challenges of data
- Ability to find, review and gather existing and new data
- Understanding the need for and challenges of story
- Ability to find, review and elicit story
- Integration of data and story
- Communicating data and story for impact
Participants will also be able to determine the best course of action for embedding data and story into policy work.
What they say
Dr Zina O’Leary was a great speaker and passionate about what she teaches.
What they say
...this is a workshop that more government employees need to attend! There is so much data used for data's sake, and it's horribly dull even when it's really important. Getting public servants to think more about telling stories with data is really valuable.
What they say
I can confidently explain to my colleagues/managers about how we should utilise data...
Who should attend?
The workshop is aimed at early career public sector, local government, and not-for-profit managers, and those looking for a skills refresh.
- Program 1: 1-2 May, 2024
- Program 2: 21-22 August, 2024
Duration: 2 x 3-hour sessions over 2 days, 10am-1pm AEST
- Early bird: $1080 (inc GST)
- Full price: $1350 (inc GST)
ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.
Every person who completes the Executive Master of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Deputies Leadership Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni. Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.
Got a question?
To enquire about this course, please contact ANZSOG’s Program Delivery team with the program name as the subject line to email@example.com or call us on +61 3 8344 1984.