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CLARITY IN DATA, POWER IN PRESENTATION

map your world, capture and distill your data and present it all for maximum impact

Social Network Analysis - Who's talking about you? Who's a leader in your network? Where should you focus your message?

See the web of connections that spread and channel your messages and influence. Identify ‘connectors’ in your organization’s networks and to whom your research products and publications reach. Track social media traffic: who is talking about you, about what you are saying, and to whom. Map social media at your conferences and events to create "buzz" and see what catches the crowd's attention. Mine your data on customers and stakeholders; are they connected, and are there any key, central, players?

 

Visual Data Analysis, Digital Reporting and Presentation - Visual data isn't just beautiful; it's faster, cheaper and better.

Communicate with clarity and impact with publication-ready data graphics, interactive data displays, dashboards, digital reports and interactive web presentation, using state of the art tools like D3.js javascript-based visuals. Learn how to make your reports and data presentations shorter, more informative and compelling. Effective data designs make the most of your data, for marketing, business intelligence, evaluation, strategy and data journalism.

 

Dynamic System Mapping - Find the critical paths and pain points in complex systems and logic models.

Visualize and understand the complex environment and systems that you work in. Map out how actions and outputs are expected or understood to lead to impacts and effects, for evaluation, research and planning. Mapping of dynamic systems is equally powerful for understanding complex webs of organizations, functions and results.

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.

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News and Upcoming!

I'm offering TWO NEW ONE-DAY COURSES that will quickly and dramatically improve your ability to gather, understand and present data that is important to you, your clients and your stakeholders: "One day to mapping social media" and "One day to better data presentation". You can't get all of this from a book. Perfect for staff groups and conferences - see the Training page.


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". And on top of this, the Impact Convergence taking place just before the conference promises to be a real meeting of the minds on advancing social impact measurement.


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.


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