(March 2016) Join us for a free 4 hour workshop on data visualization and demography. The program includes hands-on data viz makeovers and keynote reflections from PAA members and from data viz expert Jon Schwabish of policyviz.com.

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Population Reference Bureau Offices
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20009
Closest metro stop: Dupont Circle
Who: PAA attendees interested in data viz
Hosted by: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Minnesota Population Center, and Population Reference Bureau


Welcome (10 min)
Peter Goldstein, PRB

Session 1 (40 min)
Audrey Dorélien
Visual Perception and Best Practices for Tables and Graphs
Jon Schwabish
Visualizing and presenting data better

* break (10 min) *

Session 2 (40 min)
Jonas Schöley
Guidelines for using color
Tim Riffe
Visual communication in demography

* refreshments (20 min)*

Session 3 (2 hrs)
Small group critique of participants’ active work
Participants are encouraged to send the organizers a current version of a figure or table with underlying data. We will make a selection to work on in small groups. These will be shared with all participants, as well as the workshop results. Selected participants will be asked to present their problem very briefly before starting group work. This section is then organized as follows:

  • Problem introductions (30 min)
  • Work through first set of problems (45 min)
  • Work through second set of problems (45 min)

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

Email paadataviz2016@gmail.com to sign up today!

Speaker Bios

Peter Goldstein is PRB's vice president for Communications and Marketing. Peter has expertise in crafting research dissemination strategies with an emphasis on presenting data and insights to multiple stakeholder groups in accessible and meaningful formats—including through customized online knowledge hubs and various digital media channels. Prior to joining InterMedia, Peter spent 20 years in media as a reporter and editor with Kiplinger, the Wall Street Journal Online, and Dow Jones Newswires.

Audrey Dorélien is an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a faculty member of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with training in demography, health, and public policy. Her course “Data Visualization: Telling Stories with Numbers” illustrates how being able to summarize and create compelling—and honest—data visualization is almost as indispensable as good writing; and visualizing the right information is central to making decisions.

Jon Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. 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.

Tim Riffe is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His theoretical work focuses on population renewal and temporal relationships over the life course. His empirical work studies relationships between longevity and health in aging populations. He promotes better and more visual communication in demography.

Jonas Schöley is a PhD student at the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging. He develops tools and techniques for the visualization of demographic data such as the Human Mortality Explorer or Compositional Lexis Surfaces. He works with biologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and medical doctors to help improve visual aspects of their work. His research is on ontogenescence—the mortality decline in utero and in young ages.