Webinar Recap: Visualizing Grantmaking Data: Designing Effective Graphs from Start to Finish


Visualizing data through charts, tables, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized pieces of information that viewers can understand at a glance and retain for the long run. During this 60-minute webinar, we reviewed the design process from start to finish leave attendees with practical steps to implement in their own work, including:

  • Introduction to Data Visualization: Key Players, Latest Trends, Skills Needed
  • Who’s My Audience? Numeracy Level, Time, Interest, Information Needs
  • Which Chart is Best for My Data? Pros and Cons of Familiar Charts (Pies, Bars, Lines) and Introduction to New Charts (Dot Plots, Small Multiples, Network Maps, and More)




  • Which Tool is Best? Strengths of the Big 3: Excel, Tableau, R
  • Which Formatting Edits Are Needed? Removing Clutter, Telling a Story with Text, Effective Labeling, Removing Clutter, Custom Colors
  • How Will I Share My Charts? Reports, Presentations, Handouts, Slidedecks, Dashboards, Infographics





Ann K Emery, Data Analysis + Visualization

Through her workshops, webinars, and consulting services, Ann K. Emery equips organizations to visualize data more effectively. She leads 30 to 50  workshops each year about Excel, Tableau, dashboard design, and spreadsheet skills for foundations, nonprofits, for-profits, and professional societies, both domestically and abroad. A researcher at heart, she is the Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization interest group and Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. Prior to launching her own consulting firm, Emery evaluated advocacy and public policy projects at Innovation Network; managed an internal performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center; evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International; helped to build a coalition of youth-serving nonprofits at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families; and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia. Connect with Emery (and sign up for her newsletter) through her blog: www.annkemery.com/blog.

If you're interested in this topic, consider joining us for a follow-up, members-only webinar with Ann: Analyzing Grantmaking Data: Saving Time and Energy with Pivot Tables.

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