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Better policy making through data and visualisations

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Better policy making through data and visualisations
    • This free online course is developed by the European project PoliVisu to promote the use of advanced visualisations in policy making. Focusing on urban mobility as an important subfield within transportation, the course provides a holistic view of data visualisations and their role at different stages of the policy process. The course draws on multiple disciplines, learning formats and best practices to offer content that is both engaging and insightful for a wide range of audiences.  

      Who is this course for?

      This course is open to everyone. That said, people who would find it especially useful are 

      • Public sector staff who either work with data directly (analysts, data officers etc.) or depend on it to make informed decisions e.g. department managers, councilors, mayors, CEOs, elected officials
      • Social scientists, journalists and civil society groups interested in exploring social issues through data visualisations 
      • University students studying towards a degree in transport, urban mobility, data science or related fields
      • GIS specialists, traffic engineers, web developers and Open Source enthusiasts 

      How is this course organised?

      The course is published all-at-once, meaning there will be no gradual releases over time. Learners are encouraged to follow the course at their own pace, taking as much time as they need. Individuals who complete all the required assignments will receive a free 'Statement of Participation' at the end.

      The course is organised around three main modules preceded by an introduction. Each module is made up of three chapters and ends with a quiz. 

      Learners must view all pages and attempt all activities (forums, quizzes) in order to achieve 100% completion, at which point the certificate will be sent to their email.

      For more information on #PoliVisuMOOC, follow the project on Twitter (@PoliVisu).


      PoliVisu received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 769608. All ideas expressed in this course represent the views of the PoliVisu project only. The European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.

    • Course learning outcomes

      After completing this course, participants will

      • Gain an understanding of how transport policy is being made and what impact the emergence of big data has had on the process
      • Know how to formulate policy challenges related to urban mobility and find ways to address them through policy visuals
      • Be able to use policy visualisations to engage stakeholders and gather policy evidence through co-creation techniques

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    • Level 0: Beginner


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