Have you ever sat through a presentation full of charts and graphs, but had no idea what all those numbers were actually supposed to prove? Or have you eagerly received a pile of raw survey data back after a program, only to scratch your head at how to turn it into the 5-minute visual presentation your board demands?
This software-agnostic course will help you to focus narrowly on what actually matters in a set of data—and then turn interesting features of that data into clear, compelling visualizations that require little explanation.
Using a story-first approach, this course acknowledges that nonprofits use data visualizations not just to make the numbers easier to read, but to illustrate a narrative of impact. We’ll look at how to find data points that support your narrative and display them in visualizations that focus on what’s important, are easy for anyone to interpret, and don’t hide the ball. You’ll have a chance to practice choosing the right charts and graphs, formatting for clarity, and organizing visualizations to support your own organizational story.
You will be able to…
- Identify interesting pieces of a dataset that support a desired narrative.
- Create charts and graphs that clearly highlight interesting data features.
- Present visualizations in a story-first format that makes the message clear to executives, funders, supporters, and others not familiar with the source data .
Professional Credential Units
In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits.
NTEN Professional Certificate 1 | CFRE 3 | CAE 1.5