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Thinking Like an Evaluator: 2016 Election Edition

Thinking Like an Evaluator: 2016 Election Edition

Twenty-four hours ago, like many of you, I cast my vote in a historic election, knowing that whatever the outcome, we would be entering a new phase for our country. Well the people have spoken, the data is in, and, America, we have a problem. So what’s next and how can thinking like an evaluator help move the nation forward?

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Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 2

Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 2

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with our three-step process for dashboard design (Discuss, Develop, Refine), you’re ready to put your dashboard skills to the test. This post will provide example dashboards that we’ve created, and explain how the dashboard design principles were used. Want to learn more about what questions to ask during each phase of the dashboard design process? Download our Dashboard Design Checklist.

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Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 1

Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 1

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.

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The What, Why, and How of Data Visualization

The What, Why, and How of Data Visualization

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.

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Hi, I’m a program evaluator

Hi, I’m a program evaluator

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?

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The Power of Pie

The Power of Pie

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.

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