Are you interested in learning new ways to visualize your data and share your insights? Curious about how to build dashboards or automate reports? We’ve got a class for that!
This past Thursday, the Office of Innovation held the City’s first class on data visualization with Microsoft Power BI. The full-day course trained 14 City analysts in the business intelligence tool that can take in data from many difference sources to create interactive dashboards and reports that are easy to use and share. Most of the course is hands-on, showing staff how to use Power BI to build a handful of sample dashboards using real government data. We also cover best practices in data visualization, so analysts can learn what types of charts and graphs will be best for the data they’re using.
Power BI is currently used in the City to power the Mayor’s Dashboard, as well as other departmental analyses including an in-depth dive into workforce diversity and retirement eligibility for the Department of Human Resources. The Office of Innovation also uses the tool internally to keep track of Kiva program statistics on borrowers and delinquency rates, as well as to visualize community data, such as Census statistics.
When we manage data better, we can provide more efficient, streamlined processes and improved information sharing. Visualizing data allows us to convey our thoughts easily across Departments and can help break down communication barriers and improve customer service.
As Cities have moved towards data-driven decision making, demand for employees with the ability to manipulate and display data in a clear and informative way has surged. Even basic skills in Power BI provides you with a tool that will make you an asset to your team.
If you’re interested in taking the course or learning more, please email Kate May to get signed up for a future date in summer/fall.
We hope to see you in class!