Election Data Academy

Election Data Academy

The modules in Election Data Academy are for activists, citizen organizations, political parties, and journalists to learn how to analyze common datasets released during elections. These modules guide you through how to make the data work for you. Let's start playing!


  • 1. Reviewing a Polling Station List

    In this tutorial, we're going to look over a list of polling stations. After getting a feel for what kind of data is contained in the dataset, we're going to use Excel to make a pivot table so we can explore the data and, in particular, to determine the number of polling stations and total number of registered voters in each district.

  • 2. A Gentle Introduction to Summarizing Data

    In this tutorial we are going to define some common terms and concepts including the basic types, or categories, of data. Then we'll learn how to describe a dataset. By the end you will be prepared to take the concepts here and use them to summarize the polling station list in the next module.

  • 3. Application: Summarizing the Polling Station Data

    In this tutorial we are going to review the five major steps in the process of analyzing data. Then we will look at some tips for handling data and data files. Finally, using the polling station list from Module 1, we will run through a practical exercise where we use features in Excel to summarize the "Registered_Voters" variable.