“There is drama in numbers, especially when these numbers give you a trend -- are things getting better or worse. It is even more powerful when you can use the trend to understand the crisis, the challenge and the opportunity; and take appropriate actions.”
– Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment

Data is not just numbers. It is critical for research communication, advocacy and decision-making. Data helps in evidence building and interactives provide effective visual aids to effectively inform our audience.

Data on air pollution, climate change, water, agriculture, urbanisation, and the economy, when put together, paint a larger picture of the situation in terms of sustainability and development.

This demands an essential set of skills for searching, understanding and visualising environmental data. It is time to develop and sharpen skills to bring data to life and use it to communicate for outreach and impact. 

So, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on the politics of development, environment and climate change, invites you to join its Global Online Certificate Training, which focuses specifically on: understanding data, analysing it, and visualising it to tell stories to different stakeholders for action.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to analyse the data on these concepts and prepare impactful stories, dashboards and communication collaterals for different stakeholders to trigger action.

What will you learn?

  • Data Sourcing: Learn how and where to research for relevant data on environment and sustainability. You will learn to find different data sets, clean, transform and make them ready for analysis using Excel and Microsoft PowerBI.
  • Data Analysis and Modelling to make data meaningful: Learn skills required to process data and create relationships between different data sets on environment and development (includes SDGs).
  • Data Visualisation: Understand the basic concepts of visualisation and learn to visualise data using Data wrapper, and Microsoft PowerBI.
  • Data Dashboard: Learn to create interactive dashboards showing relationships between different data sets on the environment and development.
  • Report Writing: Develop skills to process, visualise, and integrate environmental data into simple, compelling and informative ‘reports, articles and stories’ for print and web.

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, government officials and policymakers
  • Academia: Faculty and researchers, and students associated with climate and sustainable development
  • Researchers and writers on environment and development
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, climate activists and advocates
  • Industries: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)/CSR officers, Public relations/Communication officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject

Course structure
The self-paced online programme will have video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. Participants will also get an opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice.

The programme will also have three live interactive sessions for meeting the trainers and fellow participants.

The programme has been designed in such a way that it can be completed along with a regular job or study.

The course is broken down into four modules: 

  • Module 1: Introduction to state of environment, the sustainable development goals (SDGs), trends and significance of data for effective communication and informed decision making
  • Module 2: Finding the right data on environment and development for in-depth research
  • Module 3: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful
  • Module 4: Creating interactive data visualizations, maps and dashboards 


Kiran Pandey
Programme director, Information Management, CSE
Email: kiran@cseindia.org
Phone: +91-9871215338 


Susan Chacko
Senior Manager
Information Management, CSE
Email: susan@cseindia.org
Phone: +91-9958387577