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October Quarterly Membership Meeting – Presenting Data Effectively: Using Data Visualization to Demonstrate Impact

October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Session Overview:

Presenting data effectively leads to people actually reading our data and reports.  When we can engage people with intentional reporting, our audience will be more engaged and able to take informed action.

Together, we will review Evergreen Data’s 4-Step Visualization Process by examining before and after data transformations. Grounded in visual processing theory, the principles discussed will enhance attendees’ ability to communicate more effectively with peers, colleagues, and clients through a focus on the proper use of color, arrangement, graphics, and text.  You will walk away knowing the anatomy of a good visualization and will have more tools to better design your PowerPoint presentations, reports, fact sheets, dashboards, and event promotions.

Specifically, this session will focus on how to communicate your impact to your boards of directors and how to communicate your impact to your stakeholders and the community at-large in  more effective ways. This session will also feature an interactive data demonstration. We are inviting the first four registrants to submit a data set for the exercise, so please register as soon as possible for this opportunity. You will walk away with a valuable tool to use in your work!

Finally, you will receive several tools and resources to help you go back to the office and implement the practices you learn. We think this tools will also be great to share with your nonprofit partners and grantees!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn graphic design best practices based on visual processing theory
  • Learn how to apply graphic design best practices to enhance data visualizations with simple, immediately implementable steps
  • Learn how to weigh the pros and cons of presenting data through various chart types
  • Learn tips on how to improve Excel’s chart default settings

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives intersested in finding new ways to communicate to their board of directors
  • Communications staff who are responsible for demonstrating grantmaking impact to a variety of audiences
  • Grantmaking staff who communicate grant outcomes with their colleagues and the community and who support grantee outcomes, reporting and evaluation
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Data entry and management staff who enter, track and manage data at their foundations
  • Staff at new foundations that are just starting to tell their story

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speaker:
Jennifer R. Lyons is a data designer and speaker.  Jenny brings creative energy to making data intriguing and impactful while helping clients transform the way they communicate their story.

Her work focuses on bringing research-based transformations to a range of deliverables including charts, slides, reports, infographics, and dashboards.  Grounded in data visualization best practice, she teaches methods of reducing clutter and ways to best emphasize the most important points.  She is committed to revolutionizing the landscape of data reporting by working with nonprofits, government agencies, and companies using a capacity building training approach.  She works to capture the audience’s attention with impactful visuals so people can be empowered to make meaningful data-driven decisions.  At Evergreen Data, Jenny works with clients like the Westat, Adobe, and The World Bank.

Prior to working as an associate with Evergreen Data, Jenny was trained in program evaluation at the University of Michigan Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group.  She worked on a team that provided evaluation services to a broad range of community-based clientele, focusing on improving program capacity, service delivery, effectiveness, and sustainability.  She holds an MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.


October 19, 2017
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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ISU Extension Polk County
1625 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, IA 50009 United States
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Who's Attending

36 people are attending October Quarterly Membership Meeting – Presenting Data Effectively: Using Data Visualization to Demonstrate Impact

  • Karla Twedt-Ball
  • Amber Waring
  • Lynn Knudsen
  • Nicole Brua-Behrens
  • Sara Bonney
  • Michele Walstrom
  • Beth Knipp
  • Jake Byers
  • Kelly Thompson
  • Stacy Van Gorp
  • Maren Lenhart
  • Suzanne Mineck
  • Dave Lewis
  • Joscelyn Stone
  • Terry Hernandez
  • Brooke Findley
  • Laurene Franco
  • Shannon Fitzgerald
  • Brad Little
  • Spencer Cox
  • Michelle Temeyer
  • Heidi Dalal
  • Penny Soat
  • Julie Gosselink
  • Melissa Hull
  • Katie Decker
  • Ann L A Menzel
  • Sarah Smith
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