The nine weeks data visualization journey has been an insightful and exciting opportunity to explore different activities made possible through the use of data. The data visualization activities open me up to huge learning opportunities from the process of thinking about what data to measure down to the analysis and representation of what has been measured. I have done a lot of work with data prior to this course but my greatest inspiration came from the use of hand-drawn visualizations to represent data in a creative and less conventional way. It gave me the opportunity to explore and present the complexities of data in a more friendly and easy-to-understand manner.
The governing with data block was rather insightful as it opened up the conversation on the use of data for policymaking in different spheres of life. What was especially interesting to me was the fact that although the reflections and visualization were made from everyday activities, they still proved relevant to governance in effect. During this block, I tracked activities on student wellbeing, faculty-student interaction, and finally some hospital staff performance. The introduction of big data and advanced technology tools has had a significant effect on the use of data for policymaking (Williamson, 2017). This phenomenon has thus moved policymaking from the hands of more traditional political actors and open it up to multifaceted global actors both in the public and private domains. The continuous access to data or data-producing facilities leads to the increasing growth of data-based policy solutions.