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Data + Donuts // Lauren Brodsky on Turning Data into Persuasive Policy Stories

Friday, October 27, 2023, 10:30am - 11:30am
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Lauren Brodsky is the Senior Director of the HKS Communications Program and a Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS. She teaches courses on policy writing and persuasive communications, and is the Faculty Chair of the executive education program, “Persuasive Communication: Narrative, Evidence, Impact.” Lauren lectures widely on policy communications and the use of evidence in writing for governmental agencies at non-profit organizations. Her writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. She published the website Policy Memo Resource at HKS.

At this session of Data + Donuts, Lauren will speak about her new book, Because Data Can’t Speak for Itself: A Practical Guide to Telling Persuasive Policy Stories, co-authored with David Chrisinger and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book is a clear and concise toolkit that helps policy analysts, politicians, journalists, teachers, and business leaders translate data into stories their readers can relate to and understand. The authors use real-world examples to show how to turn a mountain of data into a narrative that can inform, persuade, and inspire action. The book is essential reading for policy leaders, bridging the gap between evidence and change.

Harvard affiliates can request the book through HOLLIS for pickup at the library of your choice.

This event will be held in a hybrid format. Register to receive a link to join via Zoom. In-person attendees can join us in Wexner 434, which is wheelchair/scooter accessible with accessible restrooms available. Those without an HUID may enter via the Wexner security desk.

Data + Donuts features researchers and practitioners speaking about how they use data in their work, and on issues of data and society. We welcome those from the HKS community and beyond to share knowledge, discussion, and donuts. Explore the full list of past speakers. Video recordings are available upon request.

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Alessandra Seiter