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
08 December 2015

How to Balance Between Tools and Taste

When people ask me what design is, in most cases, they are referring just to graphics software skills, sometimes without fully understanding what it means to learn design. Rarely people know exactly what they want to learn. But in order to get you started in how to distinguish a good designer from a bad one, here are some key things to remember:

29 May 2014

Storytelling: An Agent of Creativity and Change in Georgia

You cannot (and should not) just throw a spreadsheet into someone's lap and expect that to make your case. Nor can you expect most busy people to read a thirty-page report. What you can do is break research and communication into chunks or stages. Organizations should view each chunk as an opportunity to communicate with one or many potential audiences. Explore what media speaks to each target audience.

15 April 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: New Partners, New Projects

Over the past several months, JumpStart has been hard at work launching the project Visualizing for Data-Driven Advocacy. Within the framework of this exciting new project, we have teamed up with four local civil society organizations to add value to their advocacy campaigns through data analysis and visualization. Not only have we provided monthly trainings and educational material so that our partners can learn to run effective advocacy campaigns using data, but we’ve lent our expertise in data collection, analysis and visualization to their efforts.

27 February 2014

Useful Tools For Data Journalists

On February 13 2014, a group of around 20 individuals, most of whom were journalists, activists, students, and programmers, gathered in the central Tbilisi office of JumpStart Georgia for a screening of the documentary film Our Currency is Information, created by the Tactical Tech Collective; a US based non-governmental organization dedicated to the use of information in activism.

10 February 2014

How Long Should Georgia's Civil Society Wait?

On the first Wednesday of every month, people from several Georgian civil society organizations, government ministries and state agencies, gather at the Ministry of Justice to make decisions and talk about Georgia’s participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).


Coloring Communication with Data

On Tuesday 28th of January, JumpStart Georgia will be hosting an exciting all-day event ‘Coloring Communication with Data’ at the Europe House in central Tbilisi. At JumpStart Georgia, we believe that visualizing data is the key to effective communication. Visualizations can help to strengthen the connections between raw data and the information and messages your data contains. The way data is framed and presented visually can help sway decision makers and other target audiences in the right direction by giving weight and clarity to your argument.

  • 28/01/2014 (All day)

JumpStart to discuss dataviz and civic engagement for International Anti-corruption Day

On Monday, 9 December and International Anti-corruption Day, JumpStart Georgia will join Transparency International Georgia at the Holiday Inn to discuss how organizations can use  visual represenation to communicate complex data and engage audiences more effectively. Come join us for an engaging discussion!

  • 09/12/2013 - 15:00 to 18:00

Data Visualization in Georgia: JumpStart Georgia's Experience

JumpStart Georgia joined a panel with Journalism++ at the Caucasus regional 4M conference to discuss data visualization in Georgia. JumpStart had the opportunity to share its findings after a year of visualizing news in Georgia including what works and what doesn't and what needs to happen to improve using data and visuals to communicate and tell stories.

  • 15/11/2013 (All day)

Data Visualization in Data Journalism

GIPA training participants

  • 14/11/2013 (All day)

Data Visualization

UNFPA training participants

  • 22/06/2013 - 16:00 to 18:00

  • 14/06/2013 (All day) to 15/06/2013 (All day)

An Introductory Training in Data Exploration using R

Are you interested in learning more about how to explore and use data to achieve your goals? Are you a journalist interested in data exploration and visualization but don’t know where to start to pick up the skills you need? Do you want to move beyond mere text and begin to show information and tell stories with graphics?

  • 16/02/2013 - 11:00 to 13:00
  • 23/02/2013 - 11:00 to 13:00
  • 02/03/2013 - 11:00 to 13:00
  • 09/03/2013 - 11:00 to 09/11/2013 - 13:00