Data Visualization and Reporting

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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Count Your Hearts & Remember to Say Thank You by Timara McCollum

Hello, my name is Timara McCollum, and I am a first-year PhD student in Educational Psychology & Counseling, with a concentration in Evaluation, Statistics, & Measurement at the University of TN Knoxville.  I am also heading towards my 4th year in motherhood academy. My eldest daughter will be four soon, and we will welcome our …

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DVR TIG Week: Data Visualization to Communicate Floor and Ceiling Effects for Test Items By Robin Terrell Taylor

I’m Robin Taylor, Principal and Senior Evaluator of RTRES Consulting, a small business established to help STEM programs grow through data-driven evidence. I wanted to share an effective and practical way to demonstrate the range of item difficulties of pre-post-test items. This approach is not intended to demonstrate the validity of a test, but is …

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DVR TIG Week: Tableau’s Map Functionality for Enhancing Dashboards by Billi Shaner

I’m Billi Shaner, Senior M&E Advisor at InformEd International and Co-President of the AEA Local Affiliate in Seattle. At InformEd, we provide evaluation services to international development clients, focusing in the areas of education, health, and livelihoods. For some time, I’ve been intrigued by the potential of Tableau’s platform to encourage our clients to interact …

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DVR TIG Week: Note-Taking with Flair: Drawing Connections by Michaela Anang and Mindelyn Anderson

Hi, I am Michaela Anang, creative spark seeker and Research and Evaluation Assistant at Mirror Group LLC. Hi, I am Mindelyn Anderson, data viz devotee and Founder + Principal of Mirror Group LLC. With the start of a new decade, Mirror Group LLC is doubling down on our commitment to make data accessible, engaging, and …

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