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.
Stephen Few defines a dashboard as: "A data dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, with the data consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance" (Few, 2004).
Data dashboards typically include several visualisations such as graphs or other visual representations of data, along with minimal text to describe the indicators being displayed on the dashboard. By displaying these visualisations on a single screen, the user can directly compare and draw conclusions from the data ‘at a glance’, which is not possible if the data is split across several screens or requires scrolling to view.
This blog post by Abjhijit Rawool gives guidance on creating dashboards that are based around the users' needs. Though discussed in relation to web applications, the lessons are applicable more broadly.
This one-hour webinar on How to Design Effective Dashboards from Infragistics aims to show viewers how to design dashboards that will help with business decisions.
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.
This chapter by Veronica Smith aims to provide a sound framework and guidelines for evaluators, researchers, and program staff to design, develop, maintain, and use a data dashboard as an effective communication tool for monitoring progress and performance against specific objectives.
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The Dashboard Insight website contains a number of useful articles, examples and guides on the subject of Organizational Dashboards.