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Jayne Corso on Using Pinterest for Inspiration

Hello, my name is Jayne Corso.  I am a Community Manager for the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Pinterest is a wonderful tool for creating shopping lists and finding great DYI projects, but did you also know that it is a useful resource for finding interesting data visuals and info graphics? After all, Pinterest is a place to go to be inspired and to share ideas with others. In my initial post about Pinterest, I have listed some steps for starting your journey on the tool and finding ways to use Pinterest for motivation.

Rad Resources: How it Works

When you create a Pinterest profile, you have the ability to create boards that relate to your particular interests. Boards allow you to keep all of your related pins together and help you stay organized by subject matter. I’ve used my Pinterest profile below as an example:

pinterest baord

Use the search bar at the top to search keywords focused on your interests. I suggest searching for data visualization, presentations, research, and evaluation. These keywords will pull images, info graphics, research examples, presentation tips, and much more, which have been pinned on Pinterest by other users.

When you find an image you like, pin it to a board!  After you select pin, the site will prompt you to choose a board or create a new board. Now all of your related pins are in one place that you can easily reference.

pin exampkle     pin exampkle.png2

Rad Resource: Follow others on Pinterest

Similar to other social media sites, you can look people up by their names and follow them. When you follow someone, you get notified when they add items to their boards and their activity is shown in your news stream. Some of your favorite evaluators are already pinning on Pinterest including Kylie Hutchinson, Ann Emery, Stephanie Evergreen, and Chris Lysy.

You can also follow boards. If you come across a Pinterest board created by a user that you find particularly fascinating, you can follow that board and you will be notified when something gets added.

follow board

Rad Resource: Be Inspired

The greatest aspect of Pinterest is that you can be inspired by the work of others and keep a keen eye on trends within evaluations, research, and presentation. Pinterest encourages you to think creatively and find the best format for your evaluation or data.

AEA is interested in joining Pinterest. Tell us in the comments if this is something you would enjoy and find as a useful resource for your evaluations and projects!

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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  • Jayne Corso Shares How to Get Started on Pinterest · AEA365 · June 6, 2015 at 8:31 am

    […] have written about the benefits of Pinterest in past AEA365 posts, but now I want to help you get started! Pinterest is a great resource for […]

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  • Ann K. Emery · December 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Ahh, so this explains the sudden surge of followers on my personal Pinterest page… 🙂

    Unless you want to see my pins about nail polish and hairstyles, you should probably head over to my work-related Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/annkemery/

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  • Leah Goldstein Moses · December 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

    We are using Pinterest extensively to track evaluation resources and to curate content and articles related to the programs we evaluate. We love it – it’s the easiest way to track information and easy to come back to later. See our pin boards at http://www.pinterest.com/improvegroup/.

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  • Christy Derrick · December 21, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I would love to see AEA on Pinterest! I already follow boards that focus on visual presentation of data and infographics. AEA’s Pinterest could be another avenue for community-building. I can see a board for funny quotes about the evaluation profession

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