What Makes a Useful Data Story? 5 Questions to Ask 

Jan 17th, 2022 / Data Analysis
Ready to tell a story with data Great! Let’s remove the guesswork from our graphs. The next step is to figure out which message we’ll highlight. We can’t visualization everything—that dilutes the power of our graph. Here are five thought-starter questions to help you uncover useful nuggets in your data.  
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Are Viewers Expecting a Story? Lightning Talk from the DATAcated Expo

Jan 11th, 2022 / Data Visualization
How do you modify a graph so that it’s just right for your audience? Surely a group of scientists will need something different from a group of policymakers. Some audiences adore data. Others don’t. Some audiences have plenty of time. Others don’t. In this blog post, you’ll learn about: the differences between default, traditional, and storytelling graphs; which techniques can help you tell a story with data (e.g., dark colors); and when to use each type of graph.
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Communicating with Your Audience More Effectively: Using One-Pagers Internally

Oct 5th, 2021 / Data Visualization, Reports
Depict Data Studio full courses always end with a graduation ceremony where students share the progress they’ve made. I’m always amazed by the transformations that take place and I can’t help but want to share their wonderful work! Today you’ll learn from JC De Jesus, Vice-President of Service Delivery for an internet-provider based in Canada. Thanks for sharing, JC!
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The 30-3-1 Approach with Unlimited Visual Appendices: The Bare Minimum for Designing Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Jul 6th, 2021 / Reports
Want to design reports that actually inform decisions? With software you already have?? Nobody wants to pour blood, sweat, and tears into a document that sits on a dusty shelf. I recently gave a presentation where I shared about the 30-3-1 approach to reporting, which is the bare minimum for designing useful reports. And now I want to share it with you.
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Data Placemats: A 3-Step Process for Increasing Data Use

Jun 15th, 2021 / Data Visualization
Want to make sure that your data gets used to inform decisions? Get your stakeholders involved in the sense-making process! Are you familiar with data placemats? Here’s how they work: (1) Design Data Placemats, (2) Facilitate an Interpretation Meeting, and (3) Include those Insights in the Final Report or Slideshow.
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