Taking Federal Grant Data from Dull to Dynamite with Custom Visualizations

If you’ve ever worked with publicly available government data, you probably know the headache and eye strain that comes with trying to make sense of a huge spreadsheet. Guest author Megan Johanson explains how you can easily create a customized chart that will make your federal grant data conversations a breeze. Megan Johanson is the Data Analytics and Insights Manager at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. She’s also a student in Depict Data Studio’s hybrid synchronous/asynchronous training program.
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Consolidate Redundant Tables and Graphs

We’ve all encountered redundant tables and graphs: You see a table. And then you see a graph nearby. You scan the table, and then you scan the graph, and then you scan the table again, zig-zagging your eyes around the screen and trying to figure out whether the table and graph are telling you the same information or whether they’re about two different topics entirely. Redundancies steal precious time from our days and force us to read two visuals instead of one—the table and the graph—when all we need is a single well-designed graph.
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How to Declutter Your Cluttered Stacked Bars

I have a love-hate relationship with stacked bars charts. They’re a great way to show part-to-whole patterns (like an easier-to-read pie chart). But, like pie charts, they feel overwhelming once we add a bunch of different categories. Are they the worst chart of all time? Perhaps. Here’s how to make stacked bar charts more bearable.
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Five Simple Steps to Creating Home Visiting DataViz

Here’s our second post about visualizing data for the National Home Visiting Resource Center. Here’s our second post about visualizing data for the National Home Visiting Resource Center. It’s intimidating to sit in front of a blank screen and try to start developing your report, infographic, or dashboard from scratch. What data sources will you include? How will you analyze the data? What type of graph will best present your results?
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