We Educate

We partner with organizations to strengthen advocacy campaigns through the visual representation of data.

We conduct trainings and workshops with a wide range of organizations to strengthen their ability to use data. By focusing on the three main components - collecting data, analyzing data, communicating data - we provide a flexible template that organizations can apply to their projects as well as to their organization.

Our approach is goal driven. We focus on skills and processes that lead to better communication with target audiences and thus increase the likelihood of a project's success.

Past trainings have focused on:

  • data visualization
  • data journalism: data collection, analysis, and story telling
  • integrating data into project proposals with a design for communication
  • data exploration using R
  • data/information management for effective communication
01/08/2015 to 31/08/2015
01/08/2014 to 16/12/2014
15/04/2014 to 25/05/2014
02/02/2014 to 06/07/2014
01/12/2013 to 30/11/2014
01/12/2012 to 01/12/2013
07 April 2017

Do you suffer from online insecurity?

Do you know the causes and symptoms of illnesses like a heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure? Most likely you do since these illnesses are so common. But what about lesser known illnesses? You are aware that they exist and that they could have severe consequences, but most likely you are not going to worry about them until it is too late.

02 August 2016

4 keys to creating a good infographic

Infographics and data visualizations have become new buzzwords in journalism, analytics, and communication. Visuals grab more attention, they are popular, and help you reach bigger audiences more effectively than a long textual report or article.

05 July 2016

Why it’s time to ditch the 30 page report

You spend months working on an issue you care about. You research it. And then, at the end of your project, you write a report to share your valuable conclusions.

28 April 2016

5 most common chart types and when to use them

Do you frequently find yourself in a situation when you have a chunk of data but don’t know how to present it? Do you have a rough time choosing the right chart from the dozen of options that spreadsheet programs offer you? There are bars, columns, lines, pies, areas, maps, and more. Which one is best to use? How can you fit your needs into the visualization and make the chart communicate your desired message?  

First, ask yourself these questions: 

29 January 2016

JumpStart launches School of Data

JumpStart aims to continue its pioneering leadership in bringing data literacy, journalism, and visualization education to Georgia. In the late 2015, JumpStart launched its School of Data, equipping people to use and communicate data effectively one course at a time.


UNICEF Georgia launches new data portal about children in Georgia

UNICEF Georgia is launching the first country level data portal on children's issues. For the first time, UNICEF has made local data on children's issues accessible in multiple languages to academics, NGOs, and journalists. Follow updates throughout the day via @jsgeorgia on Twitter and on Facebook!

  • 03/11/2015 (All day)

DigStory & BarCamp in Yerevan

JumpStart will be participating in DigStory - Digital Storytelling International Media Conference on May 28-29 in Yerevan, Armenia.

  • 28/05/2015 - 10:00 to 31/05/2015 - 18:00

3rd Annual International Open Data Conference

This year, JumpStart will participate in the 3rd annual International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada. From May 28-29, 2015 sector and open data experts, senior government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Canada to exchange ideas and work together to enable the data revolution. JumpStart is doing its part in Georgia, and is excited to share its local experience and learn from others. 

  • 25/05/2015 - 14:00 to 30/05/2015 - 14:00

Build your own stories with StoryBuilder: Beautiful mixed-media stories made easy!

JumpStart invites you to join us at Frontline Club on 19 September 2014 at 15:00 as we discuss StoryBuilder, a new way for everyone to build mixed-media stories easily and effectively.

  • 19/09/2014 - 15:00 to 17:30

Public Workshop: How do you manage technical and design-oriented projects?

JumpStart invites you to share our discussion on how to manage technical and design-oriented projects. More and more journalists and civil society organizations are collaborating with programmers, designers, and artists to create more engaging media for better communication. JumpStart has gained significant experience in managing technical and design oriented-projects and would like to share our lessons learned, what practices we think work better, insight into workflow, and more. We'd love to hear your experiences, bad and good and how you have approached managing such projects.

  • 11/07/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00

Global training in Data Journalism for journalists and students


JumpStart Georgia and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) are hosting local learning group meetings for an Online Data Journalism course organised by the European Journalism Centre.

The online course Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools, starts on the 19th of May and lasts for 5 weeks. This 5-module online course is run by leading international data journalism experts and is open to anyone in the world.

  • 23/05/2014 - 15:00 to 18:00
  • 30/05/2014 - 15:00 to 18:00
  • 06/06/2014 - 15:00 to 18:00
  • 13/06/2014 - 15:00 to 18:00
  • 20/06/2014 - 15:00 to 18:00

Public Workshop: Telling Stories With Data

JumpStart Georgia will hold a workshop open to the public on what data is and why it's important when telling stories for journalism and advocacy. Specifically, we will discuss  what we mean by structured data, how to get structured data on a variety of topics in  Georgia, and how this data can be analyzed and communicated in a variety of ways. We will look at what tools exist that make it easier to collect, analyze, and communicate data to tell stories and advocate for change. The workshop, open to the public, will target civil society organizations and journalists.

  • 30/04/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00

Film Screening: From My Point of View & Unseen Wars

On Thursday 06 March, JumpStart Georgia will host a screening of two documentary films, From My Point of View and Unseen War, created by the Tactical Tech Collective. These two films are the second and third episodes of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech.

  • 06/03/2014 - 19:30 to 20:30

Eric Barrett to Co-chair Workshop on New Media as a Tool to Accelerate Social and Economic Transformations

On 14 February, Eric Barrett, Director of JumpStart Georgia, will present on how JumpStart is using data, technology, and design to improve the efficacy of advocacy campaigns in Georgia and elsewhere. We will also delve into concepts of visual literacy together using our infographics as examples.  JumpStart will share the floor with Elizabeth Summers from New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map), an organization that combines legal expertise with cutting edge communication tools to strengthen human rights and social justice work.

  • 14/02/2014 - 14:30 to 16:30