Susan Kistler on Welcoming the Data Visualization & Reporting TIG and DVR Resources

My name is Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director. This week I am excited to welcome AEA’s newest Topical Interest Group (TIG) focusing on Data Visualization and Reporting (DVR). All this week, we’ll be reading aea365 posts from our DVR colleagues and have DVR items highlighted on the Headlines and Resources list (you can view or subscribe here). On Thursday, we’ll host a webinar on Developing Evaluation Reports That Are Useful, User-friend, and Used, and stay tuned next Saturday for our first aea365 drawing.

The DVR team is exploring issues that are near and dear to my heart – I always seem to be swimming in data and want to share it with the world, but getting it cleaned, converted, beautified and delivered can be time-consuming and requires skills that I need to improve. Even before the DVR TIG started, we’ve had lots of posts on aea365 focusing in this area. This seemed like the perfect time to dive into the archives and highlight past DVR posts.

Hot Tip – Data Visualization and Recording posts from the aea365 archives:

Interested in design clarity? See Stephanie Evergreen on Graphic Design, Daniela Schröter on Improving Evaluation Document Clarity, or my own post on Finding a Great Font.

Need tips to increasing the accessibility and readability of your materials? Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski on Using Universal Design to Make Your Evaluations More Inclusive, Lyn Paleo on Graphic-Based Reports and Graphics for Color-Impaired Readers, and Lija Greenseid on Using a Readability Calculator.

Want to improve and deliver great slides for your next presentation? See John Nash on Creating Outstanding Presentation Slides and Chris Lysy on Slideshare and Slidecasting.

Called on to create a dashboard? Check out Kile Dyer on Dashboards or Veronica Smith on Data Dashboard Design.

Hoping for data visualization inspiration? See Bianca Montrosse on Innovative Data Displays, or my own posts on Data Visualization Part I and Part II.

Looking for data visualization tools? Try Laura Blasi on Sparklines, Nina Potter on Tableau for Data Visualization, or Sue Griffey on Wordle.

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

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