Communicating Impact

Storytelling and data visualisation in reporting

How do you communicate the impact of what your organisation does in a powerful and convincing way?

You may have your evidence – your facts and figures – but how do you put it across in a way that connects with your audience? Or you may still be at the start of your research – what approach should you take to understand the impact you have made? It’s not just about facts and figures.  It is both your story and the story of those with whom you work.

NEF Consulting bring together two experts on storytelling and presentation of data, Narativ and Data Designs. They will teach you to tell the story of your impact with the numbers and evidence in a way that has real meaning for your audience. You will learn to make the most of data sets to tell complex stories visually in presentations and reports.

By the end of the day you will be equipped with the tools, confidence and energy to communicate the difference that your organisation makes.


What you will learn

During this one day course you will practice using a set of tools for storytelling and presenting your data. The content and exercises are structured around:

The Listening and Storytelling Method ™

Learn to:

  • Understand the importance of listening to create a space where great stories can be told.
  • Identify and describe “what happened” using an empathic focus.
  • Bring complex stories to life and make them vivid and memorable through the use of sensory details.
  • Build in a moral or value set that will underline your evidence and influence your audiences to support or replicate your project.

Data visualisation and presentation

Learn to:

  • When and how to use data visualisation, what makes good – and bad – data visualisations.
  • Quick wins and common mistakes.
  • Identify correlations, clusters or patterns and turn them into infographics.
  • Understand how to present data in the clearest manner.
  • Dashboards: take your data to the next level.
  • Software and online tools.

Who should attend

This course is for anyone who is responsible for communicating the impact of their projects, organisations or services. It will be broadly applicable but may be of particular interest to those with social value measurement or research responsibilities.


Who will be running the course

The course is being developed and lead by NEF Consulting.

Dan Milne & Jane Nash, Directors & Lead Trainers, Narativ

dan-milnejane-nashNarativ is based in London and New York. The company’s mission is ‘a world connected by listening and telling stories’. Since 2004 they have been working with individuals and organisations worldwide to teach them how to make the most powerful use of their stories. Jane Nash and Dan Milne are theatre practitioners who have been working as coaches in business for over 20 years. They worked with NEF Consulting on the Knee High Challenge project for The Design CouncilNarativ’s clients include The Fairtrade Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Finance Innovation Lab, International Federation of Transport Workers, SAID Business School, HBO, Turner Contemporary and The Design Council.

Karen Mulvee, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Data Design Studios

Data Design Studios  are specialists in data visualisation and data storytelling across a broad range of mediums, both digital and print. They take complex information and key insights to create impactful visualisations, infographics and dashboards – tailored to the needs of a particular audience. They worked with NEF Consulting on an infographics project, Healthy Returns from Sustainability Actions for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit. An experienced designer with a love of bringing design to data and vice versa, Karen also teaches data visualisation Masterclasses for The Guardian. Data Design clients include: The Cabinet Office; The Government Department of Science; The Guardian; The Intellectual Property Office; Nielsen; Cancer Research; Intercontinental Hotel Group and UK Data Services.


Dates, venue and cost

  • October TBC – Contact us if you are interested in attending.

Booking formStandard price                                £325
Registered charity price               £275  

All courses are subject to U.K. VAT.  Fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days, as well as training materials.

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