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How to Tell a Story with Data Visualization

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 50 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively. Prior to launching her own company, Ann measured the impact of public policy projects at Innovation Network; managed an internal evaluation system at the Latin American Youth Center; and evaluated educational programs at ICF International. She is the past Chair of the American Evaluation Association's data visualization interest group and a former board member for the Washington Evaluators.

Is your data sitting around in spreadsheets: dusty, unused, and forgotten about?

Your data deserves to be out in the world: utilized, actionable, and talked about!

Visualizing data through charts, tables, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized information that stakeholders can understand at a glance and retain for the long run. In this webinar, Ann K. Emery, an expert in data visualization and storytelling, will walk us through some practical tips we can apply to our own evaluation work. 

You will learn how to:

  • customize your visualization for your audience; 
  • choose the right chart for your message; 
  • declutter your visuals; 
  • reinforce your branding with custom colour palettes and typography; 
  • increase accessibility. 

You will also learn to tell a story through dark colours, explicit titles, and annotations. 

We will conclude with tips for designing short summary documents and a live screen-sharing demo of how to design effective visualizations using spreadsheet software you already have, like Excel.


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