Data Visualization and Reporting

Some R Packages, Tips, and Tools for Getting Started on Your Next Project by Jennifer Dolatshahi

I’m Jennifer Dolatshahi, an evaluator at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to my evaluation activities, I also teach internal workshops on beginner and intermediate R. No matter how many other programs cross my desk, R remains one of my favorite tools for data manipulation, analysis, visualization, reporting, etc. …

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IED UN Week: Marvelous Methods! By Pankaj Verma

My name is Pankaj Verma and I work as an Evaluation Officer in IED. Yesterday’s post was about how we scope our evaluations in IED. Today is all about our methods. In the past, methodology usually fell under two broad approaches: qualitative and quantitative. A third approach, mixed-methods, is often used by researchers and evaluators …

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AZENet Week: Revisiting Dataviz & Reporting Fundamentals by Deven Wisner

Hello! I’m Deven Wisner, Consultant for Empact Solutions and Wisner Analytics, LLC. I’m also the Communications Chair for the Arizona Evaluation Network. As we think about fundamentals in evaluation, we can’t forget data visualization and reporting (DVR). In fact, if you ask me, that’s where the FUN in fundamental comes in! Realizing that capacity and …

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SEA Affiliate Week: “Jazzing Up” Evaluation Reports by Rhonda Williams

Hello! My name is Rhonda Williams, and I am a Research and Evaluation Analyst for Region 10 Education Service Center. I provide internal program evaluations in addition to external research and evaluation services for our partner school districts. I was inspired by Ann K. Emery’s, A Two-Hour Turnaround: How to Transform a Text-Heavy Report into …

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7 Tips To Get Started with Data Visualization by Sara Vaca

Hi, dear readers! I’m Sara Vaca (independent consultant and Data Visualization lover, Saturday eventual contributor to this blog) and I thought of starting the year by sharing tips about something people sometimes ask me. Leason Learned: Becoming slightly obsessed with something helps. I discovered Dataviz in 2011 while I started on Twitter, during a maternity …

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Evaluation Reporting with Adobe Spark by Ouen Hunter and Emma Perk

Hi! We are; Ouen Hunter (student at the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation, IDPE), Emma Perk (The Evaluation Center), and Michael Harnar (Assistant Professor at the IDPE) from Western Michigan University. Recently, we used Photovoice in our evaluation of an Upward Bound program and wanted to share how we reported our findings using the cost-free version …

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DVR TIG Week: Dashboarding for continuous improvement: a preview of an upcoming field guide by Veronica S. Smith

My name is Veronica S. Smith. I am founder and principal of data2insight–a consultancy with the imperative to help people use data to create high performing teams and solve the complex problems of our age. I coined the term ‘dashboarding’ in a chapter of a 2013 New Directions for Evaluation volume on data visualization. Dashboarding …

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DVR TIG Week: Speaking Truth to Power Through Data Visualization: Strategies for Engaging, Designing, and Sustaining Success by Robert Blagg, Todd Franke, and Jonathan Litt

Hello! Robert Blagg, Todd Franke, and Jonathan Litt, of UCLA’s Agile Visual Analytics Lab (AVAL) here to share some lessons learned, hot tips, and rad resources related to speaking truth to powerful stakeholders through data visualization. Our successful engagement of powerful stakeholders around data visualization, designing utilization-focused visuals, and ensuring use and sustainability of data …

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DVR TIG Week: TIG Data Visualization by Fiona Remnant

Hello! I’m Fiona Remnant, founder of a small UK social enterprise set up to continue developing and applying QuIP – a new qualitative social impact assessment tool, from research conducted in the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath. The problem? The QuIP team have been experimenting with a form of ‘goal-free’ evaluation …

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