Data Visualization

There is a big focus in the evaluation field around the use of data visualizations to make reports more interesting and understandable for stakeholders. These are just a few of the many resources available to help evaluators reframe how they think about and visualize data.

American Evaluation Association’s Data Visualization and Reporting Topical Interest Group

This topical interest group (TIG) is a great place to learn more about data visualization and reporting. The TIG’s website provides evaluators with links to lots of useful resources such as blogs posts, presentations, webinars, eStudies, online software tools, data visualizations examples, and much more! 

Ann K. Emery Data Analysis + Visualization

Ann K. Emery’s website provides blog posts, tools, video tutorials, and Excel tips for creating visualizations. This site also includes a chart-choosing tool, which allows evaluators to look at resources, tutorials, and examples by chart type.

Evergreen Data

Stephanie Evergreen’s blog shares a wide range of tips, advice, how-to’s, and illustrative examples of data visualizations. The site also has information about her two books Effective Data Visualization and Presenting Data Effectively.

Data Visualization Checklist

The Data Visualization Checklist, created by Stephanie Evergreen and Ann K. Emery, is a tool to guide the development of high impact data visualizations. The checklist is based on best practices and tested against the practical day-to-day realities of evaluation practice and the pragmatic needs of evaluation stakeholders. The checklist includes guidelines related to text, colors, lines, arrangement of graphic elements, and overall design.

New Directions for Evaluation: Data Visualization Parts 1 & 2

In 2013, the American Evaluation Association published two special issues of New Directions for Evaluation on data visualization and evaluation. Part 1 introduces recent developments in the quantitative and qualitative data visualization field and provides a historical perspective on data visualization, its potential role in evaluation practice, and future directions. Part 2 delivers concrete suggestions for optimally using data visualization in evaluation, as well as suggestions for best practices in data visualization design.

Using Videos to Visualize and Share Data

In this blog post, Expose Your Museum’s Kathleen Livingston shares how staff at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science created bite sized video reports to share key findings with internal staff and stakeholders.