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Using Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions

How can we use data to inform good governance?  What is the art that accompanies the science of data, especially when we apply it to policy decisions that affect constituents?  This webinar will look at decision-making that is informed by data as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to advising leaders on how best to use—and to avoid the perils of misusing—your data.

Educational objectives

In this webinar, attendees will learn how to:

  • interpret and distill data
  • depict complex findings using visuals, interactive visuals, and other tools
  • communicate results to decision-makers in a compelling and informative way

This webinar will also touch upon the public’s expectations of interactive data and how to make sure yours is both available and credible.

Who should attend?

Local government analysts, managers and other IT staff, and anyone who prepares data-driven staff reports for elected officials

About the Presenters

  • Aaron Rumph is an IT Software Engineer Lead at Pierce County Information Technology.  Prior to this, Aaron was the Senior Business Intelligence Analyst for Group Health Cooperative, a Data Analyst with Centene Corporation, and Senior Data Analyst with DaVita.
  • Mary Collins is the Enterprise Process Analyst for Kitsap County. Prior to this, Mary worked as the Permit Services Supervisor and a Program Specialist for Kitsap County Community Development.
  • Maia Knox is a Management Analyst for the City of Sammamish.  Prior to this, Mary was a Management Analyst for the cities of Snoqualmie and later, for Issaquah. Maia works on special projects related to data analysis as well as policy research and writing.
  • Moderator: Chelsea Lei is the co-creator of the Government Performance Consortium. She has contributed to major performance improvement initiatives in a number of Washington State local governments, including King County, City of Seattle, City of Olympia and the King County Library System, with her expertise on design thinking, performance dashboards, and program evaluation. 


  • $35/person

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Webinar