Collecting, Analyzing, and Visualizing Election Data (90-minute course)

The use of data has already begun to change the way that elections are understood and conducted in the U.S. But the ways that data are collected, processed, and reported are still unreliable and inconsistent, and election officials may not know how they can be making the most of the data they’re producing.

This course will introduce you to practical approaches for collecting and analyzing data, visualizing it, and presenting it persuasively using commonly available tools.

Our 90-minute course provides an overview to get you started with using election data.

Looking for a more in-depth, tailored curriculum on election data? Our 5-hour course might be just what you need. 

Course objectives

After completing this course, you will:

  • Have familiarity with data sources and guidelines
  • Have established a basis for analyzing data
  • Be familiar with examples of how election officials have have used data in their work
  • Be able to identify the right data to use for your goal
  • Know what EAVS data is and ways to explore it
  • Be aware of free tools to visualize your data

Course outline

Part 1: What data can do for you

  • Why data matters and what you can do with it
  • How to create a data culture in your election office

Part 2: Analyzing and collecting data

  • Overview of data analysis: what's normal, what's not, what's correlation, what's causation
  • Breakout: data analysis exercise and discussion using a sample dataset
  • Sources of data: sources you have (like EAVS) and sources you can create

10-minute break

Part 3: Visualizing your data

  • The benefits of visualizing data
  • Demonstration: using Excel/Tableau Public to visualize a dataset

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