About me

Data

While I finished my degree in social work I realised that I was more drawn to theoretical concepts than actually wanting to become a social worker. My master in empirical education research with a focus on statistics further developed my passion for evidence and data. Since then I have worked as a researcher in academia, data analyst in educational product development and data manager in the non-profit sector.

As Data Analytics Lead at Rocket Science, I’m currently supporting charities and public sector with data analysis and visualisation. I’m also responsible for implementing an organisation wide data strategy, and developing data tools and products.

Data

While I finished my degree in social work I realised that I was more drawn to theoretical concepts than actually wanting to become a social worker. My master in empirical education research with a focus on statistics further developed my passion for evidence and data. Since then I have worked as a researcher in academia, data analyst in educational product development and data manager in the non-profit sector.

At NCVO, I’m currently leading on the UK Civil Society Almanac a research programme on the UK charity sector. I’m responsible for all aspects of the project, from data collection, to analysis and communication.

Creativity

Besides maths and logic I’ve always enjoyed arty things. At some point I even considered a degree in graphic design and illustration, but then ended up in social science. My drawing and design skills help me now when creating visual content.

Communicating research through data visualisations provides the perfect opportunity to combine both of my interests. Starting out with perfecting Excel charts, I moved to exploring more powerful charting libraries like matplotlib (python) and plotly (javascript). One of my goals is to learn D3 in order to produce customised and interactive data visualisations.

Creativity

Besides maths and logic I’ve always enjoyed arty things. At some point I even considered a degree in graphic design and illustration, but then ended up in social science. My drawing and design skills help me now when creating visual content.

Communicating research through data visualisations provides the perfect opportunity to combine both of my interests. Starting out with perfecting Excel charts, I moved to exploring more powerful charting libraries like matplotlib (python) and plotly (javascript). One of my goals is to learn D3 in order to produce customised and interactive data visualisations.

Curiosity

I’m a naturally curious person and enjoy learning new things. Cooking is my go to relaxation tool and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes I particularly like East Asian cuisine and buddha bowls. I’m passionate about breadmaking and spent more than a year learning how to perfect my sourdough loaf. I also like being active, finding new cycling routes and being out in nature. I practice yoga regularly and managed to learn how to do a headstand. I am now working on my next goal the scorpion pose which will take me another couple of years.

Curiosity

I’m a naturally curious person and enjoy learning new things. Cooking is my go to relaxation tool and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes I particularly like East Asian cuisine and buddha bowls. I’m passionate about breadmaking and spent more than a year learning how to perfect my sourdough loaf. I also like being active, finding new cycling routes and being out in nature. I practice yoga regularly and managed to learn how to do a headstand. I am now working on my next goal the scorpion pose which will take me another couple of years.

I’m Lisa Hornung and this is my personal space to show projects I have worked on and blog about data related things I do.

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