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Data Visualization

dv-banner-1Too often, reports sit on a shelf and the data within them are not used to inform decision making. At ORS Impact, we believe products—be it a report or infographic—should be easy to read and easy to use. We strive to make our products accessible, digestible, and actionable and we use principles of design and communication to help us do this well.

Data visualization allows us to communicate important findings.

It helps us draw connections between our clients’ data and their strategic decisions and actions. It makes large amounts of complex data more accessible and has led to insights that might have otherwise remained hidden.

When we say data visualization, we mean graphically representing quantitative and qualitative data, and using elements of design to facilitate comprehension and navigation of products. We use data visualization and design in all our lines of business—evaluation, MLE, theory of change, and strategy projects—to create the most usable products for our clients.

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We think beyond the traditional evaluation report.

Data visualization can transform a report that might otherwise sit on a shelf into a useful tool for learning.  We take into consideration the purpose and audience of a product, as well as our clients’ appetite for data, then work with them to determine the most appropriate product or suite of products to clearly and effectively communicate results to the intended audience(s). These might include an evaluation report with visual elements, or alternative products, like interactive, web-based visual executive summaries, infographics, or slide decks.

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We offer training as well.

ORS Impact facilitates in-person or virtual trainings to build storytelling with data competency. Specifically, training content can cover:

  • Why data visualization is important for communicating your data story
  • Different techniques that can be used to visualize quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods data
  • Design principles (e.g., achieving visual hierarchy, choosing a visual that best suits the data or information, eliminating “chart junk,” emphasizing with text and color)
  • Instructions for creating visualizations with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, or open-source online tools

For examples of our work, or more information about our data visualization trainings, please contact Consultant Mel Howlett, at mhowlett@orsimpact.com.

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