ASC Speaker Event: Better Data Communication


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am


114 Mt Auburn St., Room 406 (4th floor)
Join us for an engaging session with our guest speaker Jonathan Schwabish, who will talk about better ways to commnicate data:


A first step to improving the way you communicate data and analysis is to have some basic understanding of best practices and strategies. In this talk, I lay out three principles for better data visualization: Show the Data, Reduce the Clutter, and Integrate Graphics and Text. I also lay out three principles for better presentations: Visualize, Unify, and Focus. Together, with the help of examples, both good and bad, I demonstrate how anyone can more effectively communicate their data and elicit insight.


Capacity is limited to 80 so reserve your spot by signing up via the link below. We will have coffee/tea and breakfast pastries (please, notify us about any dietary restrictions at You'll also be entered in a lottery to win a free copy of Dr. Schwabish's book "Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks". 


Location of the talk, Harvard Campus Map (right above Flour).


About the speaker:

J.Schwabish Jonathan Schwabish is founder of the data visualization and presentation skills firm, PolicyViz, and a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. There, he is a researcher in the Income and Benefits Policy Center and a member of the Institute’s Communication team where he specializes in data visualization and presentation design. His research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy. 

         Dr. Schwabish is also considered a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways.

         In both positions, Dr. Schwabish helps nonprofits, research institutions, and governments at all levels improve how they communicate their work and findings to their partners, constituents, and citizens. He also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University, American University, the University at Buffalo, and in public workshops. He also hosts the PolicyViz Podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. His book about presentation design and techniques, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content. He is on Twitter @jschwabish.