How to Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Aug 18th, 2020 / Reports
When you hear the term “Dusty Shelf Report,” what comes to mind? Even if you haven’t heard that term before, you’ve seen one. Maybe you’ve received one. Maybe you’re written one (or, dozens). It’s the document we pour our blood, sweat, and tears into… that doesn’t affect anything. No real-world changes. No improvements to policies, programs, budgeting, or staffing decisions. I was trained to write technical reports with statistical jargon that sat around and gathered dust. Now, I write reports that people actually want to read. Fewer paragraphs. More graphs. My audience can understand the information, so the data actually gets used. Our brand new full-length course, Report Redesign is open for registration until Friday, August 21st.
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Can Your Dataviz Have an Influence on School Reopening Plans?

Our organizations collect all this data—through surveys, assessments, interviews, and so on—and then what? The default: The data just sits there inside a Dusty Shelf Report. But what if your data could actually inform real-life decisions? I recently sat down with Vivian Jefferson from Loudoun County Public Schools, a growing district in the Washington, D.C. metro area who shared that her graphs had been featured on the news (!!!).
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Three Ways Intentional Data Viz Has Elevated My Work

Sep 26th, 2019 / Data Visualization, Reports
Are your dot plots due for an update? Do they depict the data in a positive and easy-to-understand way? Kathy Dowell shares how to spruce up your dot plots so that your audience is engaged and going away informed. She highlights that your report cover makes all the difference in engaging your audience or your report landing on a shelf unread. Kathy, a student of Ann’s, shares how being enrolled in Ann’s courses was just the inspiration she needed to take her work to the next level.
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How to Take Your Data Visualization Skills to the Next Level

Enrollment is open for ‘Great Graphs: Transform Spreadsheets into Stories’! Not only does the course include 200 hours of training, 20 hours of videos, and 18+ guest experts, but I am offering bonus material this time around! Enroll in this course and take your data visualization to the next level. We’ll go over everything from choosing the right chart for your presentation to how to use psychology to fully captivate your audience. Enrollment ends on October 1, 2019.
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