Using Graphics

Using Graphics

Using well-designed graphics can simplify the findings and increase the impact of your evaluation report. Many required evaluation reports have a required format, so it may not be possible to use graphics. When writing reports without a designated format, or creating presentations, consider how representing data with graphics can increase the accessibility of the data you are presenting. Below are some tips for using graphics.
  • Choosing the right graphic depends on the type of data
    • Line graphs can be used to represent one or more categories of data over time and are good for showing the level of difference between two categories, two groups, or change over time
    • Bar charts can be used to represent one or more categories of data, can represent change over time, and show differences between categories or groups
    • Pie charts can be used to present categories as part of the whole
  • Good graphics are accurate representations and do not visually distort data
  • Good graphics lead to a better understanding of your evaluation
  • Graphics need to be appropriate for the intended audience

 

                      Data in numeric form only:                                            Same data in a line graph:

Using a line graph to represent data

 

 

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