Policy Visualisation Network

The sixth meeting of the Policy Visualisation Network was held on 2 December 2014 with participants in locations across the country.Like everywhere else, the policy making process is increasingly a visual place. Text is no longer as dominant as it once was.As Trevor Sutton, Deputy Statistician from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, said when opening the event, visualisation is just one of many tools but it is a powerful one. Visualisation can bring data to life. Visualisation can help get...
Communicating new ideas and new information can be tricky. Putting data, information and ideas into a visual form can be a powerful way of cutting through noise, of making the pertinent points clear and helping your audience see what is significant.The Policy Visualisation Network aims to help connect public servants with each other to help achieve greater sophistication in visualising so as to help aid the policy process.As part of Innovation Month 2014 the Policy Visualisation Network held...
How is government a social machine? What’s involved in the National Flood Risk Information Project? How do we communicate Australia’s brand overseas?These were some of the questions addressed in four presentations at the first 2014 Policy Visualisation Network meeting, held at the offices of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (in Canberra and by video-conference to the other capital cities).My attempt at a quick recap of each of the four speakers follows, with links to their presentations[1....
The following blog was posted on the original Policy Visualisation Network's website:How do you communicate a complex environmental science problem in less than 5 mins?In the attached article and video, Dr. Don Driscoll and his team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the ANU conceptualise and visualise a complex matrix to provide a much-needed framework to underpin management of fragmented landscapes and highlights new research priorities. Conceptual domain of the...
On Thursday 22 August, the third meeting of the Policy Visualisation Network took place. The event involved some great presentations and was followed by workshop activity. A big thanks to Evan Hill from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Merry Branson of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Mark Kobal of the Australian Taxation Office for putting together and running a great event. The following is my write-up of the event (unfortunately it’s non-visual!).Opening speaker –...
The following blog was posted on the original Policy Visualisation Network's website:The Policy Visualisation Network meeting schedule for 22 August (9.30am est) will be a mix of presentations and workshop. The event will include presentations by: Allan Smith OBE, founder of the Data Visualisation Centre at the UK Office for National Statistics, and Mitchell Whitelaw, Associate Professor at the University of Canberra from the faculty of Art and DesignREGISTRATIONS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW...
The following general discussion item was posted by tessica.dall on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:19 on the original Policy Visualisation Network's website.Data Vis training by Andy KirkJust wondering if people are aware that Andy Kirk (of 'visualising data' fame) is likely coming to Australia in Nov 2013 to provide some data visualisation training (see link for training details).http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/training/He has pretty much locked in Sydney as a training location but is taking...
The following general discussion item was posted by Metaduck on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 13:31 on the original Policy Visualisation Network's website:GovHack Winners 2013The winners for the 2013 GovHack event held last weekend have been posted: http://www.govhack.org/2013-winners/There are some wonderful visualisations.  If you get a chance to look through the extensive list, keep in mind that there were many excellent non-winning applications developed as well that can be found on the site.
The Policy Visualisation Steering committee met on Thursday 30 May to discuss planning for the next event. Feedback from the March event was very supportive and showed there was a strong appetite across the APS for visualisation techniques in Government. As a result of that event stronger ties have been established between the Policy Visualisation Network and DesignGov. In addition, separate discussions have begun with interested officers in the Victorian Government on how we may share and...
The following blog was posted on the original Policy Visualisation Network's website:Representatives from the Departments of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; and Resources, Energy and Tourism as well as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) met for the first time last Thursday as a steering committee to discuss the potential agenda for the first...