Dissemination Toolkit: Visualizations

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Visualizations—from graphs and charts to infographics—can be used to present data in an engaging way. They can also help simplify a complicated idea. 

Whether you are preparing a slide deck, a report, or a Facebook post, you will want to determine which tool to use and how to best use that tool to effectively portray your information.

EFFECTIVE DATA VISUALIZATION FOR DISSEMINATION WEBINAR RESOURCES

Data visualization expert Stephanie Evergreen presented at a CADRE-hosted webinar on March 28, 2017. See resources from the webinar.

DECIDING WHICH TOOL TO USE

Choose Your Creative Path: A Story Format Wheel
Wondering whether an infographic or video would be best for disseminating your work? Use this tool to compare options. 

The Data Visualization Catalogue
A library of different information visualisation types that you can search by function.

Flow Chart Shows You What Chart to Use
Wondering what chart to use to best present your data? This flowchart can help you decide.

DATA INTERFACE AND VISUALIZATION DESIGN GUIDELINES

AEA Data Visualization Webinars
The American Evaluation Association offers this series of webinar recordings on a number of data visualization topics, from slide redesigns to presentation tips.

Data Visualization Checklist
Stephanie Evergreen, founder and past chair of AEA's Data Visualization and Reporting TIG, has created a guide for developing data visualizations. Download the guide.

Forum Guide to Data Visualization: A Resource for Education Agencies
This guide from the National Forum on Education Statistics recommends "data visualization practices that will help education agencies communicate data meaning in visual formats that are accessible, accurate, and actionable for a wide range of education stakeholders."

The Most Common Type of Data Visualizations & Examples
This Datalabs article focuses on 15 chart types and visualizations, and explains how to use them.

Visualization Tools
This toolkit from the Harvard Law School gives an introduction to tools for creating infographics, timelines, and other data visualizations.

Where to Start for Data Viz Novices
Amanda Makulec, a visual analytics advisor, gives recommendations for those new to visualization design in this blog. 

DATA VISUALIZATION EXAMPLES & RESOURCES

Data Viz Hub
Data Viz Hub is a Data Viz community with a listserv, blog, and list of favorite resources.

Junk Charts
Looking for examples of what not to do and why? See critiques of different charts.

PHOTOS

Pexels
Find free stock photos.

Pixabay
Another option for free stock photos.

INFOGRAPHICS

10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics
You no longer need a designer to create an infographic. This article from Creative Bloq gives 10 free tool options for creating infographics.

Periscopic
Infographic examples.

ANIMATED GIFS

A Guide to Animated GIFs in Email
This guide from Litmus Software, Inc., explains what GIFs are, how you can use them, and how you can create them.

The Ultimate Guide to Using Animated GIFs in Your Marketing
Wondering what an animated GIF is? Why you would ever use one to promote your project work? This HubSpot article gives a nice overview of the uses of animated GIFs.

 

 

 

 

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2017
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A compilation of resources to help you choose the right visualization for your dissemination, as well as tips on how to create those visualizations.