This blog post in AEA365: A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators by Artineh Samkian and Joelle Greene discusses the use of Graphic Timelines as a way of presenting data to stakeholders that was both accessible and easy to share.
"We all know qualitative data, especially those gained in implementation studies and produce a lot of narrative text. Sometimes long narratives are not the appropriate means of reporting, because they are not always stakeholder-friendly. In real world applications, people (especially busy decision makers and community members) struggle to consolidate this kind of rich narrative data so as to extract the most important findings. We need to think of alternative ways to present process data, while still maintaining the richness of the content." (Samkian and Greene 2014)
Samkian and Greene (2014) briefly give instructions and tips on the creation of an effective timeline, covering the following stages:
- Collecting good data
- Coding data for milestones
- Using easily accessible software
- Using text boxes, graphic elements and color
- Creating various forms
- Facilitating dissemination and use
Samkian, A. and Greene, J. (2014, January 14). Artineh Samkian and Joelle Greene on Graphic Timelines to Capture Qualitative Process Data [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://aea365.org/blog/artineh-samkian-and-joelle-greene-on-graphic-time...