Have you ever sat through a presentation full of charts and graphs, but had no idea what all those numbers were actually supposed to prove? Or eagerly received a pile of raw survey data back after a program, only to scratch your head at how to turn it into the five-minute visual presentation your board demands?
As nonprofits, we use data visualizations not just to make the numbers easier to read but to illustrate a narrative of impact. This software-agnostic course will help you focus narrowly on what actually matters in a set of data—and then turn interesting features of that data into clear, compelling visualizations that require little explanation.
Using a story-first approach, we’ll look at how to find data points that support your narrative and display them in visualizations that focus on what’s important, are easy for anyone to interpret, and don’t hide the ball. You’ll have a chance to practice choosing the right charts and graphs, formatting for clarity, and organizing visualizations to support your own organizational story.