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Charts and graphs with Excel

  • Start: 18th July, 2024 @ 10:00AM
  • End: 18th July, 2024 @ 12:15PM
  • Online

Visualising your data can help you engage quickly and effectively with different audiences – whether in your annual report, on your website or social media posts. But charts and graphs can vary from the simple to the confusingly complex and from the good to the ugly!

This practical session will go back to basics and introduce a range of different chart and graph types. You’ll learn how to choose the best one for your dataset (not everything should be a pie chart!) and consider key design elements for improved accessibility.

You’ll also find out about a range of free and low-cost digital tools you can use to create data visualisations, with hands-on exercises to gain confidence in working with data and creating your own charts and graphs in Excel.

This session will cover

  • Choosing the best chart or graph for your datasets
  • Understanding key design principles for accessibility
  • Identifying a range of free and low-cost digital tools to create charts and graphs
  • Creating a range of charts and graphs using Excel
  • Bringing multiple charts together to create an Excel dashboard

Am I eligible for this course?

Priority for this course will be given to Trust for London funded small charities & community organisations in London.

Is this course for me?

This course is for staff, trustees or volunteers of small London charities or community groups who are getting started on their data and digital journeys and want to better collect, analyse and present data to raise the voice of their communities and influence change.

Course format

Online technical group training

This is an online interactive live training session. You’ll take part in interactive exercises such as breakout room discussions, polls or chat conversations.

You will be asked to complete individual technical tasks on your PC or laptop. You will not be able to join this training using a mobile device. It’s likely that you will need to either create online accounts or download appropriate software, which we’ll tell you about in advance.


Karen McLean is a Superhighways Data Support Adviser, helping small charities and community groups gain essential digital and data skills backed by the right tech to achieve their goals.