The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Dashboard Design

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 resource and the following information was contributed by Judy Gold and Jenny Riley.

Authors and their affiliation

Abhijit Rawool, Web App Huddle

Year of publication


Type of resource


Key features

A step-by-step guide in how to design dashboards, with a focus on understanding your users and designing for their needs 

Who is this resource useful for?

  • Evaluators
  • Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening
  • Other – please specify: Anyone involved in building or maintaining a data dashboard

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

I find this a simple yet useful overview to recommend to clients who are interested in learning more about what’s involved in designing good dashboards. 

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This is a good starting point for those interested in designing dashboards, before delving into the ‘doing’ and/or more detailed guides on individual steps.


Rawool, A. (2017). The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Dashboard Design [Blog post]. Retrieved from:

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