Learning to Work with Data:  An ART/DATA/HEALTH Data Skills Toolkit

Learning to Work with Data


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The resource Learning to Work with Data: An ART/DATA/HEALTH Data Skills Toolkit has been developed by researchers at the University of Brighton. It is a free resource available for anyone interested in understanding and working with health and wellbeing data. We hope that third-sector and charity organisations will find it useful for telling stories with health and wellbeing data, and that they will make use of the toolkit for training and advocacy purposes.









The resources included in this Toolkit are the result of a series of workshops that were carried out in Brighton, UK, in early 2020. The ART/DATA/HEALTH project worked with two groups of participants: one made up of employees at the domestic abuse charity RISE, and another group which brought together people from a range of local organisations in the health, wellbeing and therapeutic sectors.

Each group of participants met for two types of workshop: datahubs, in which they learnt about how to work with data and create stories with them; and creative art workshops, led by the commissioned artists.


This Toolkit provides you with a step-by-step guide to the training provided in ART/DATA/ HEALTH datahub sessions. Each section is designed to help you with a specific aspect of working with data: an introduction to data for advocacy, a guide to working with data, an overview of visualising data for storytelling, and a guide to telling data stories. You can do this training alone or as a group with your colleagues. You will find a range of information, exercises and further resources in this Toolkit. The exercises are collated at the end of Toolkit as handouts that you can print out, photocopy and share, as well as a list of resources, links and further reading. You will also find several examples of data arts projects spread throughout this booklet, to show how broad and engaging this practice can be.

Understanding Health and Wellbeing Data: An ART/DATA/HEALTH resource


The informative resource ADH_Understanding Health and Wellbeing Data gives you an idea of the different forms that these data can take, the various ways in which they are collected, and about some important facts and questions that their use may raise, such as:

  • Some things to note and how to work responsibly with health & wellbeing data
  • Patient data, Data collected by individuals, Data collected by third sector organisations
  • Health and wellbeing data during the COVID-19 pandemic





These resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) 

Published by ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. July 2020.

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© Aristea Fotopoulou, Harriett Barratt, & Elodie Marandet, University of Brighton, ART/ DATA/HEALTH: data as creative materiel for health and wellbeing, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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