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tame complexity and make friends with your data

Social Network Analysis

See who connects to you, and who connects to them. Understand social media traffic: who is talking to you, about you, and about what. Mine your data on sales contacts, map co-attendees at meetings and conferences. Identify the ‘connectors’ in your organization’s networks and to whom your research products and publications reach.


Dynamic System Mapping

See the patterns and structure of complex systems. Using existing research and facilitated sessions with experts and stakeholders, map out elements of cause and effect for evaluation, research and planning. Mapping of dynamic systems is equally powerful for understanding complex webs of organizations, functions and results.

Visual Data Analysis, Reporting & Digital Presentation

Communicate with clarity and impact with publication-ready data graphics, interactive data displays, dashboards, digital reports and interactive web presentation. Effective visual data designs make the most of your data, for marketing, business intelligence, evaluation, strategy and data journalism.


What is haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader's mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself. Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.

Perfect. A clear picture with few words. A few rules to work with that constrain you but ultimately guide you to something beautiful.

Not ready for haikus yet? Let's get rid of that chart junk first.

angry man kicking pie graph

News and Upcoming!

American Evaluation Association Conference, 2016: I am thrilled to be giving a presentation this year at AEA, entitled "Getting comfortable with complexity: a network analysis approach to program logic, design and evaluation". I am also delighted to be chairing a multi-paper session entitled "Social Network analysis: A design for understanding collaboration and partnerships".

I am, to quote Jamie Oliver, dead chuffed to be able to now offer interactive data visualization and presentation using D3.js. This javascript library allows customizable and interactive data visualizations that can be put up on any website or html page without the limitations and cost of proprietary software like Tableau and the like. See the demo pages attached to the Portfolio page of this site.

Hey! I am in Stephanie Evergreen's new book "Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data". Stephanie's book is awesome, and she included a description of social network analysis mapping provided by yours truly.

Canadian Evaluation Society Conference June 2016, St. John's - I did a social network mapping of conference Twitter traffic during the event. Really fun and interesting. I've shared the data and lessons learned with CES, and have written this up on my blog page. My data viz workshop was again a success - thanks to all for coming out!

Visit the American Evaluation Association's Topical Interest Group on Social Network Analysis. As the 2016 Program Chair I think we are going to make a strong showing at the 2016 AEA Conference. We are hoping to sign up some new members and start repopulating the TIG website with lots of good information: http://comm.eval.org/snatig/home.


The graphical method has considerable superiority for the exposition of statistical facts over the tabular. A heavy bank of figures is grievously wearisome to the eye, and the popular mind is as incapable of drawing any useful lessons from it as of extracting sunbeams from cucumbers. A.B. Farquhar Economic and Industrial Solutions G.B. Putnam's Sons, 1891