Tableau I: Introduction to Tableau

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Available to: 
Open Enrollment
Program Schedule: 
March 2, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm

Tableau is business intelligence/data visualization software. It’s increasingly used in a variety of industries including those related to public policy and public administration, like nonprofits and the government, as well as by corporations.

The major advantage of Tableau over a program like Excel, which can also make graphs, is that Tableau lets you build graphics that are connected to each other and that users can interact with. The major advantage of Tableau over a programming language like JavaScript is that, even without a programming background, you can quickly get up to speed and be producing useful presentations in Tableau.

This one-day workshop is intended for those who are new Tableau. No background in data analysis or programming is necessary. We’ll work with Census data.

In the morning, we’ll proceed through the topics below:

Introduction to the Tableau Environment

Connecting to Data

  • Getting your data into Tableau
  • Prepping your data and metadata

Visual Analytics

  • Make a graph
  • Measures vs. dimensions, continuous vs. discrete, and Tableau’s default behavior
  • Quicksort
  • Ways to filter
  • Formatting

Dashboards and Stories

  • Tile vs. float
  • How changes you make in one view affect others views


  • Points vs. filled map
  • Zoom, pan, select


  • The ‘create calculated field’ environment
  • Different kinds of data: strings, dates, numbers
  • Structure of the IIF, IF, and CASE functions
  • Number calculations

In the afternoon, you’ll build and get feedback on your own dashboard using Census data and choosing from several topics to practice the functionality we learned in the morning and think about designing with a specific audience in mind.

About the Instructor

Abigail Haddad is a Data Analyst at Deloitte and has a Ph.D. in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has previously worked works as a statistician for the Army National Guard and was an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, during which she worked on a variety of projects for the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her research interests include labor economics and military personnel issues and her areas of expertise include data visualization and presenting technical data to non-technical audiences.


Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Abigail Haddad
Current students: free, Fels alumni: $100, all others: $200

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326

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