How to make data work for you: From rapid cycle design and testing to visualisation



Dr Tim Hobbs,
CEO, Dartington Service Design Lab, UK
Tuesday 19 November 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Room: Chardonnay


Full Day: $150

Pre-Conference Workshop

How to make data work for you: From rapid cycle design and testing to visualisation


Typically, service delivery organisations are required to gather data on implementation and impact to serve accountability purposes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make data work for you! You’ll be introduced to key principles of improvement science and rapid cycle design and testing and take part in a series of practical engaging exercises (that include playing with Mr Potato Head!). You’ll be guided through a series of steps to help you design a practical and data-driven plan for ongoing service improvement.

In the second half of the workshop you’ll learn the foundational principles of data visualisation. This will help you to create new insights from your data, create an engaging narrative, and effectively communicate the messages that lie within. You’ll review examples of good (and bad!) visualisation, as well as take part in a practical exercise to create your own visualisations.


Dr Tim Hobbs has spent 15 years working with numerous public systems, charities and foundations to help shape a series of bold investments and experiments designed to improve child outcomes, in the UK and internationally. His work has involved the development of data-driven approaches to understanding need, experimental as well as iterative approaches to evaluation, and evidence-informed place-based approaches to improve child outcomes. He is passionate about fusing science-based and user-centred design approaches to system reform and service design.

Tim joined the Dartington Social Research Unit as a researcher in 2004, later becoming Head of Data and Analytics. He was appointed as the first Director of the Dartington Service Design Lab in April 2017. He holds a first-class BSc in Psychology and Criminology and a PhD in Social and Policy Sciences. Tim is a recipient of the Kammerman and Khan Award from the International Society of Child Indicators and a 2016 Clore Social Fellow.