Goodbye Pie Charts: Improve your data communications skills

Presented by: 
Kylie Hutchinson
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
The Nest, 6133 University Blvd. Room 2306/09
Focus Area: Productivity, Effectiveness


There’s a revolution in chart design and data visualization that is sweeping business and research communities alike. In this session you will learn simple tricks and techniques for enhancing the potential of your quantitative and qualitative data to inform and inspire people to action when you don’t have a lot of time.

Please note you will be asked to bring an example of a chart or graph you have been working on or have used in the past and would like to improve.


  • Explain the role of data visualization in more effective information dissemination
  • List ways to enhance common default Excel charts for improved uptake and understanding
  • Describe innovative alternatives to the standard column, pie, and line graphs
  • Identify engaging ways to present qualitative data
  • Redesign a personal chart example using basic principles learned


  • Short lecture
  • Demonstrations
  • Small and large group discussions
  • Individual Practice


Effectively communicating data is helpful skill in the modern workplace. We hope that through this session AAPS members will become more comfortable efficiently using data in reports and presentations.


This session is designed for members who want to present both quantitative and qualitative data in their reports and presentations more effectively. If you took the Intro to Data Visualization last year, there may be some overlap.
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Kylie Hutchinson is an independent consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. Her passion is transforming typical reporting practices through innovation and visualisation.  She is known internationally for her interactive and engaging workshops and webinars. She is the author of three books on program planning and evaluation: Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s SustainabilityA Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting and Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned.


Goodbye Pie Charts: Improve your data communications skills
Facilitated by Kylie Hutchinson
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Session A: 9:00am-12:00pm
Session B: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Locations: Point Grey Campus
Building: The AMS Student Nest
Address: 6133, University Blvd.
Room: 2306/09 (second floor)


 Sign up for either session A or B here.

Please anticipate your schedule and your ability to commit to the time before registering for this program. Late cancellations and no shows impact that AAPS PD Program.

A confirmation or notice of a wait list from AAPS PD will be emailed to you within a couple of days. Please review the email carefully.

Kindly remember that the AAPS PD Program is available to members of AAPS only. Please note that photos and video may be recorded during this session for use in AAPS communications materials.