Hello! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some fun resources for getting people engaged in participatory data analysis. I just happen to be preparing a presentation on this topic for a group of educators who lead professional development programs, have a wealth of rich data about their programs, and who work with teams of other educators serving on their committees.
Participatory data analysis is worth the effort and has the potential for several benefits:
- Keeping people “in the know” about program data
- Building rapport and trust among stakeholders
- Engaging stakeholder in committing to program improvement and results
- Being able to tell a more complete story of the program
But perhaps most important of all, a participatory process allows stakeholders to offer up their insights, perspectives, and understanding, supplying critical context to the data.
Fortunately, several evaluators and others have generously offered resources to help make your participatory sessions interactive and fun. Some are more suited to in-person meetings, but could be adapted with a little ingenuity. Others can be used to engage people in all kinds of meetings or presentations.
- Evergreen Data’s Scratch-off Graphs, Crossword Puzzle, Data Fortune Tellers and other fun: Blog post with directions
- Public Profit’s Dabbling in the Data: A Hands-on Guide to Participatory Data Analysis
- Community Solutions’ The Reporting Cube and other free resources
- Data Placemats
- Better Evaluation’s How to have a Data Party
- National School Reform Faculty Data Dialogue & Data Driven Dialogue Protocols
- Google Slides Sticky Note Template
Especially now, when many of our meetings are still taking place online, don’t forget to use features built right into your video conferencing software:
- Chat box
- White Board
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