30 Ideas of Visuals for Evaluation Reports

by Jan 10, 2019

It’s been a while since I wanted to do this recap.

In each evaluation I participate I use Data Visualization to express new ideas and concepts.

So I wanted to go through the evaluation reports I have written in the last 5 years and collect the visuals I use to support key information in them.

I don’t plan to include all these in each report, but I use many of them consistently, and I often come up with new ones.

We could classify them by their function:

a) Visuals for explaining the intervention and introduction

  1. Maps (location of the programme)
  2. Program logic by area and by target group
  3. Theories of change
  4. Tree of problems
  5. Tree of solutions
  6. Timelines
  7. Changes in staff along the programme
  8. Stakeholders mapping
  9. Summary of the Terms of Reference
  10. Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis of Beneficiaries targeted

b) Visuals for explaining the Methodology

  1. Relative relevance of the evaluation criteria
  2. Participation scanner
  3. Other elements of the Metaevaluation Dashboard 
  4. Visuals representing the sampling decisions
  5. Methodology logic
  6. Methodological options out of the Evaluation Catalogue

c) Visuals for explaining Findings and Conclusions

  1. Sankey diagrams for relevance
  2. Pentagons of livelihoods
  3. Evidence mappings
  4. Achievements mapping
  5. Access to services monitoring dashboard
  6. Capacity building framework
  7. Rubrics
  8. Icons (LL, triangulation, opinion)
  9. Internal reporting flows of the monitoring system
  10. Decision trees
  11. SoPs and flow charts
  12. Tensiometers
  13. Poverty scorecards
  14. Gender analysis
  15. Gender-sensitivity of the programme and the evaluation

Of course, regular graphs with quantitative data (bar charts mostly, line charts, eventually pie charts) and pictures also are common to support the narrative and make the reports more reader-friendly.

Examples of the ones I haven’t shared yet coming soon.

I hope that was useful 🙂

New posts coming up:

(published every two weeks-ish 🙂 )

  • ToCs series
  • Visual summary of impact designs
  • Visual summaries of other criteria designs
  • Ideas to make Bibliographies more informative
  • Ways of mapping beneficiaries
  • My favorite pre-attentive features
  • Ideas for reports (series)
  • Some day: iterations with the Periodic Table of Evaluation

And more!

Stay tuned! 🙂

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