Giving Compass’ Take:
• Daniela Pineda discusses the importance of making data accessible and understandable to the general public and offers ways for organizations to improve their data accessibility.
• What is the best format to present data? How can organizations find a balance between providing specific information and not overwhelming viewers?
• Read about four ways to improve your organization’s data culture.
Statistics-packed spreadsheets and lengthy, jargon-filled reports can be enough to make anybody feel dizzy. It’s natural. That makes it the responsibility for those of us involved in government and its related institutions to find more creative ways to share the breadth of information we have with those who can benefit from it.
Government agencies, foundations and nonprofits can find ways to make data, outcomes and reports more user-friendly and accessible. In meeting the goal of transparency, we must go beyond inviting people to wade through dense piles of data and instead make them feel welcome using it, so they gain insights and understanding.
How can this be done?
Things to consider include how your intended audience prefers to access and consume information. For instance, there are generational differences in the accessing of information on tablets and mobile devices as opposed to traditional websites. Consider all the platforms your audience uses to view information, such as smartphone apps, news websites and social media platforms, to constantly evolve based on their feedback.
Spreadsheets just won’t work here. You need to invest in data visualization techniques and content writing to explain data, no matter how it is accessed.
Read the full article about making data assessable by Daniela Pineda at Governing Magazine.
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