Customized Trainings on Data Visualization Using Tableau for the Philippine Statistics Authority Successfully Held

Posted March 24, 2021

In keeping with its mandate of delivering relevant and useful capacity building activities focused on statistics, the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) conducted two customized training courses on Data Visualization Using Tableau for the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The first batch was conducted on March 1-3, 2021 while the second one was held on March 10-12, 2021.

Participants of the first group are technical staff from the Community Based Statistics Service (CBSS) and other services of PSA, while attendees in second group are representatives of the PSA field offices. The resource person for both trainings is Ms. Kristine Joy S. Briones, a technical consultant for the review and development of the Multidimensional Poverty Index of the Philippines, a Young Lives Research Associate, and a consultant at the University of Oxford. She is also a data visualization resource person of the PSA.

A total of 70 participants attended, with 34 from the first batch and 36 from the second. The 3-day training focused on understanding the basic concepts of data visualization and the key skills needed to interpret, analyze, and create data visualizations. These were then enhanced by hands-on activities that equipped the participants with the tools and knowledge on how to create meaningful and effective data visualizations using Tableau Public.

All the participants were given various exercises throughout the duration of the training to test their knowledge and understanding of the topics being discussed. Then, these small activities culminated in the final workshop where participants were grouped and tasked with preparing a handful number of visualizations for the final presentation to the resource person and the rest of their co-participants.

In one closing ceremony of the training, the Interim Assistant National Statistician of the Community Based Statistics Service Ms. Plenee Grace J. Castillo gave her closing remarks that lauded the enthusiasm of the participants in absorbing the learnings gained. IANS Castillo also expressed the appreciation of PSA to the training team, from the resource person to the facilitators and coordinators that ensured an enjoyable and fruitful learning experience.

The impressions given by selected participants summarized their overall opinion of the trainings. Notable is their comment that, “The training was carefully and deliberately set-up in order to achieve the objectives of the activity, that is, that the participants would be able to learn and gain insights on the utilization of tableau and its application.” This inspiring comment ended with, “Personally, the environment that was created for the training was friendly and there was indeed a room for learning and knowledge/capability building or development.”