Musings about capacity building, program evaluation, and data visualization.
This blog post is a collaboration between Elizabeth Grim and Laura Sundstrom (posted on both of our sites), based on our presentation at the 2016 American Evaluation Association conference in Atlanta, GA. The presentation, entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: How to Create Dashboards on a Budget,” focused on basic dashboard design principles and provided detailed examples of how to create meaningful dashboards using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. This is the first part of a pair of blog posts about the presentation. This first part focuses on basic dashboard design principles. Watch for the second post providing examples of how to use these principles in action using Excel and PowerPoint.
Data visualization is a way of representing information visually, often through the use charts, images, and maps. Given the advancing technology of the digital age, the rate at which we create and consume data is increasing exponentially making data visualization a necessity rather than an option.
Despite the fact that people use data and evaluation in their everyday lives, most don’t have a clear understanding of evaluation as a profession. How do you define evaluation and describe your work as an evaluator?
Looking to break away from the traditional evaluation report? Your findings can literally be the icing on the cake with edible fondant. Check out more ideas about using the power of pie to disseminate results.
Communication is the foundation of evaluation. Engage stakeholders early and try this 3 step process when creating deliverables: listen, design, refine.
In honor of National Book Lovers Day, here are a few evaluation and data visualization book recommendations. What’s on your evaluation bookshelf?