Giving Compass’ Take:
• Daniela Pineda explains why efforts to increase data transparency need to make data available and accessible so that people can find and understand the information that has been collected.
• What organizations are doing a good job of presenting their data? What tools are available to help make data more accessible?
• Find out how one foundation improved their data culture.
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? We need to make our data less wonky, if you will.
This might sound silly, and being transparent might sound as easy as simply releasing documents. But while leaders of public agencies and officeholders are compelled to comply with requests under freedom-of-information and public-records laws, genuine transparency requires a commitment to making the information being shared easy to understand and useful.
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 data transparency by Daniela Pineda at Southern California Grantmakers.
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