Hello wonderful aea365ers. My name is Susan Kistler and I am an independent consultant and trainer. I’m also the Executive Director Emeritus of the American Evaluation Association, and originator of aea365. But enough about me, let’s talk about chocolate!
Back in February, Stephanie Evergreen wrote on her blog about “findings cookies” – homemade fortune cookies with a tiny tidbit from an evaluation report inside. I loved the idea, but ran into two potential problems with personal execution: 1. I burn most of what I cook, and 2. I needed something that was more portable. Our beloved aea365 curator, Sheila Robinson, came to the rescue when she suggested “findings chocolates” in the comments to Stephanie’s post. These were perfect for making ahead for an upcoming dataviz workshop I was giving where colleagues from the St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) would be in attendance. The data from their 2011-2012 Vision Cards served as the basis for these examples.
Hot Tip: Wrap Hershey’s Nuggets in hand-made overlays and you’ll have three sides available for information. When we made the ones at the top of this post, we put a graph illustrating the measure on top, the interpretation and goal on one side, and a link to the full report on the other.
Rad Resource – Chocolate Stickers and Wrappers Templates: You can download templates for both the circles and nuggets in Microsoft Word format on my site here.
This is the first in what will be an ongoing series on alternative reporting, exploring ways to get your report off the shelf and into people’s hands and heads.
[Update: This post was updated in March of 2015 to ensure updated access to the templates]
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