Putting Data in Context: Timelining for Evaluators
Session Number: 1290
Track: Advocacy and Policy Change
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: advocacy, complexity, Data Visualization, Evaluation methods, methods, organizational learning, participatory evaluation, reporting
Session Facilitator: Katherine Athanasiades [Senior Associate - Innovation Network, Inc.]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Katherine Athanasiades [Senior Associate - Innovation Network, Inc.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Katherine Haugh [Research Assistant - Innovation Network]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Smriti Bajracharya [Associate - Innovation Network]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
Audience Level: Intermediate
Creating a timeline is a method for picturing or seeing events as they take place over time. By documenting major occurrences in chronological order, evaluators are able to identify patterns, themes, or trends that they may not have seen otherwise. A timeline allows evaluators to “zoom out” and look at the broader landscape, so that they are better positioned to think through and understand the context in which events occur. Having a timeline is especially useful for complex, multi-year evaluation projects with several threads of evaluation, where documenting the process is just as important as measuring the outcome itself. Creating a timeline has three key components: planning, populating, and revising. In this session, we will demonstrate how to incorporate a timeline into a report, how to use a timeline to track progress internally, and how to utilize data vizualization principles to create a visual timeline.
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