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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How to Visualize Statistically Significant P-Values with Squares

Feb 20th, 2018 / Data Visualization, Reports
Last year I teamed up with an organization on a custom design project. We wanted to show their leaders where one of their programs for children had been effective. Our 30-page report for their leadership began with a short intro about the study. We needed to provide an overview of where the program had been effective (where the treatment group had significantly better outcomes than the control group).
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Formative and Summative Evaluations

Jun 26th, 2012 / Data Visualization
Last month I described some of the differences between researchers and evaluators. Guest blogger, David Henderson noticed that my ideas could also explain the differences between formative and summative evaluators and he digs deeper into these differences in this post.
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Researchers vs. Evaluators: How Much Do We Have in Common?

May 24th, 2012 / Data Visualization
A few years ago, I (unintentionally) accepted an evaluation position, and the contrast between research and evaluation hit me like a brick. Now, I’m fully adapted to the evaluation field, but a few of my researcher friends have asked me to blog about the similarities and differences between researchers and evaluators. We might use the same statistical formulas and methods, and we often write reports at the end of projects. But our approaches, motivations, priorities, and questions are a little different.
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Facilitating Focus Groups vs. Facilitating Other Types of Group Discussions

Apr 16th, 2012 / Data Visualization
A lovely side effect of building an organizational culture of learning is that there’s a huge demand for qualitative research like interviews and focus groups but there’s not internal evaluators to facilitate them. As I’ve trained others, I like to emphasize how facilitating a focus group is different from facilitating other types of group discussions (like after-school workshops for teenagers or GED classes) that our staff members are already great at leading.
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