Data Visualization and Reporting

DVR TIG Week: Location Location: Data Storytelling with Maps by Andrea Miller

I’m Andrea Miller, a hiker and kayaker often disguised as an Evaluation and Analytics consultant. I work in partnership with community-based organizations, municipalities, and state and federal agencies who are concerned with mental health, public health, and housing/homelessness.  I think a lot about the meaning and significance of place, and the solid ground it can …

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DVR TIG Week: Interactive Dashboards in Excel: A Cost Effective, Easy-to-Learn Alternative by Shelly Engelman & Tom Withee

Hello all! This is Shelly Engelman and Tom Withee, and we love communicating stories with data and data visualizations. Like many trying out data viz, we initially hopped on the bandwagon with several Business Intelligence platforms. However, we quickly ran into several of the following impediments: Too time-consuming to generate dashboards for one-off surveys Too …

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DVR TIG Week: Shifting Data Visualization Feedback From Criticism to Curiosity by Elizabeth Grim

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Grim (she/her) of Elizabeth Grim Consulting, LLC. I am an evaluation consultant helping organizations build their evaluation capacity and tell their story through data. I am also President Elect of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS). Years ago, when I first learned about data visualization, I went all in. I …

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DVR TIG Week: A Sensory Immersion Experience with Data Visualization by Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla

  Hello AEA365 community! I am Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla, Data Research Analyst in the Office of Student Affairs Assessment at Binghamton University.  Before the onset of the pandemic, I had been thinking about data visualization for the blind or vision impaired. Indisputably, applying the common practice of adding image captions to data visualizations is a great …

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Happy Pi(e) Day! Here’s When Pie Charts are Okay (Seriously) by Ann K. Emery

It’s March 14th, which means… Happy Pi(e) Day! Hi, it’s Ann K. Emery, dataviz designer at Depict Data Studio. Let’s celebrate pie charts for what they’re great at—displaying two-slice overviews. Then, let’s brainstorm ideas for soaring beyond pies. Lessons Learned: Seven Guidelines for Using Pie Charts “Never use pie charts!” That’s only half-true. Pie charts …

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AZENet Week: The Value of Ongoing Evaluation Reporting by Tabitha Cox

Hi! I’m Tabitha Cox, BA, a public policy grad student at Arizona State University. I recently finished a program evaluation course, and I’m suddenly very interested in what evaluation has to offer. For me, the central take-away of program evaluation is that evaluation is not an outsider coming in, taking information into the back room, …

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CEA Affiliate Week: How To Show The Real People Behind The Data by Amelia Kohm

I am Amelia Kohm, Ph.D.,  the founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits (DVN) in Chicago. DVN helps organizations to effectively and beautifully present their data on websites, reports, slide decks, interactive data dashboards and more. Data visualizations can provide something that photos and case studies—for all of their visceral appeal—cannot. Context. Charts, maps, and graphs …

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The Big Problem with “Dashboards” by Ann K. Emery

Hi, I’m Ann K. Emery—an evaluator-turned-dataviz-designer. Humor me: Comment and let me know how you’d define the term “dashboard.” Lesson Learned: There are Lots of Correct Definitions of Dashboards A couple months ago, I asked my newsletter readers for their definitions: “A dashboard is an at-a-glance – and brief – document or interactive space that allows the …

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Improving Performance with Flowcharts by Ruth Aboagye

Hello again from Ruth Aboagye – UMass Medical School, co-author of 3 blogs when we touched on Facts and Failures and talked in depth about Fishbones and Five Whys.  Today, the focus will be on process flows also known as Flowcharts, which visually convey the steps in a process.  More importantly, it helps you understand …

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Memorial Day Week: Use of evaluation data viz in military contexts by Lara Hilton

Hello! I’m Lara Hilton, a behavioral scientist who has conducted program evaluation in military health settings for the last 10 years. I am excited to share a few examples of how the military utilizes data visualization for evaluation and how those applications inform evaluation and more broadly impact public health outcomes. First, here’s an interesting …

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