Often referred to as 'visual note-taking', graphic recording is a method that merges data collection and reporting to create a visual record of a discussion. In this blog, Alice Macfarlan asks graphic recorder Katherine Haugh about her work and passion for translating what she hears into a visual recollection of key points that can be shared with a group in real-time. Katherine is also the author of BetterEvaluation's option page on graphic recording.
Graphic recording is the translation of conversations into images and text on large sheets of paper during meetings and events. An evaluator might choose graphic recording to capture collective stories and visually represent conversations throughout an evaluation process. This could include discussions with stakeholders during a number of stages and processes, such as conducting a needs analysis or developing a theory of change, workshops to discuss interim evaluation findings and stakeholder feedback, and presentations of final evaluation findings telling the story of the journey of the program and the principles that guide it.
This is a step-by-step guide for creating a dashboard with Google Sheets (a free, online spreadsheet application). It covers the full process from collecting the data with Google Forms to formatting and sharing the finished product.
Evaluation reporting is important. While there are many innovative methods to grab your audience's attention, the evaluation report is still an important vehicle to get your key messages across. In this blog, Alice Macfarlan shares her tips for editing a report draft with an audience focus in mind.
Qualitative Chart Chooser 3.0 is an updated version of Stephanie Evergreen and Jennifer Lyons attempt to organise different ways to show qualitative data. It shows in a simple way what charts are appropriate for the story you want to tell with your data.
Stephanie Evergreen's website and blog provides ample reading and guidance on data visualization techniques, taking a research-based approach to effective communication of ideas.
The Dashboard Insight website contains a number of useful articles, examples and guides on the subject of Organizational Dashboards.
Jason Davies' website contains a large number of data viz examples, particular around geo data. It also contains some links to to tools, including a word cloud and tree map.