Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Beyond the Report – Innovative ways to Visualize Program Performance and Outcomes

Session Number: 2247
Track: Data Visualization and Reporting
Session Type: Panel
Tags: accountabilty, advocacy, dashboard, Data Visualization, Data-based decision making, monitoring & evaluation, non-profits, online tools
Session Chair: Beeta Tahmassebi [EnCompass LLC]
Discussant: Jeremy Paley [The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation]
Presenter 1: Beeta Tahmassebi [EnCompass LLC]
Presenter 2: Christie Getman [Lutheran World Relief]
Presenter 3: Tyler Schrag [Community Attributes Inc (CAI)]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (04:45 PM - 06:15 PM)
Room: Columbus KL

Abstract 1 Title: The Path to Visualization
Presentation Abstract 1: Beeta Tahmassebi, an evaluation and OD consultant from EnCompass LLC, will provide insights into the process that LWR and BMGF went through to identify and agree on the measures that would ultimately be visualized in their respective projects. The presentation will cover the motivations that led each organization to embark on the path to visualization, the process for prioritizing indicators, and the challenges and lessons learned regarding collecting the data and determining how to visualize it.
Abstract 2 Title: Using Dashboards to Monitor “Healthy Organizational Growth”
Presentation Abstract 2: In early 2015, LWR executives worked with their Board of Directors to develop performance benchmarks and strategic priorities for the next 5 years. The new CEO and Board engaged in a strategy to support the organization’s growth, while maintaining high quality of programs and management systems, or “healthy growth.” In an effort to develop a mechanism by which to gauge success against goals/priorities, LWR commissioned EnCompass LLC to create Performance Dashboards. While LWR had used dashboards to varying degrees at the department level, the organization had not previously developed these tools for organization level assessment. Christie Getman, who managed the project, will present the dashboards and explain how they are being used to manage performance.
Abstract 3 Title: The Data Atlas: Visualizing and Engaging with Grant Outcome Data
Presentation Abstract 3: In 2014 Global Libraries worked with a data management and software development firm, Community Attributes, to build an innovative, dynamic online results reporting and visualization system for the data grantees collected. This new website, called the Data Atlas, presents public library data in an interactive way, giving the Global Libraries initiative and its grantees insight into dynamic results as they are reported. Tyler Schrag, one of the lead developers, will present the Data Atlas: demonstrating how the tool works, the challenges involved in gathering and normalizing data, and ways in which the visualizations and analytics are being utilized by stakeholders, including Foundation staff and grantees, for advocacy, communications, and decision-making.
Audience Level: Advanced, All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

International development agencies are under increasing pressure to communicate the value of their efforts and report on performance and outcomes. Stakeholders want information that they can process quickly and easily and many have begun questioning the utility of commissioning never-ending reports that are shelved and quickly forgotten.  Consumers of data want to efficiently grasp the pertinent information and have the ability to dig deeper into the data; to be able to hone in on a particular area of interest and learn more. Decision makers and managers are often seeking up-to-date information to help with learning and quality improvement while others may be looking for ways to gauge performance without spending endless hours sorting through documents and spreadsheets.  The need for and access to program information is increasing at a rapid pace.  To accommodate the increase in both the supply and demand of information, more efficient means of communicating data are required. This panel will feature presentations that showcase how Lutheran World Relief and the Global Libraries initiative of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are using visualization to communicate the with stakeholders about their work.

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