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Thursday, September 6 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hard Talk on Dashboards – Everyone wants them, no one uses them, Why?

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Dashboards: everyone says they want them, but many sit unused on web portals and shared folders. During this hard talk session, four data enthusiasts who work on dashboards every day will share their experiences on pitfalls that go beyond color palettes and tech stacks, and explore how we can be more mindful of the human side of dashboard design and use.

The panelists will debunk common assumptions and practices, share stories of their own dashboard design failures, and surface disagreements in our development community about why dashboards fail, succeed, or sit barely used on shared drives.


Favorite Resources from the Panelists

Big Book of Dashboards - great primer on dashboard development; examples are in Tableau workbooks but the concepts are widely applicable
Flowing Data - cross cutting blog that hits on design, tools, development processes and more
New series from Ken Flerlage - SQL for Tableau - highlighting how data viz developers can benefit from learning some basic coding skills

Blogs on dashboard design tricks (primarily Tableau-focused, but ideas can be more widely applied):
Ryan Sleeper
Viz Wiz (Andy Kriebel)
Data + Science

Chart selection heirachies, for ideas on what chart to use when:
Visual Vocabulary
Data Viz Catalogue
Data Viz Project

Blogs on data viz best practices:
Policy Viz
Storytelling with Data
Ann K Emery
Evergreen Data

Inspiration for what to do (and not to do) in data viz design:
WTF Visualizations
Junk Charts
Makeover Monday (#makeovermonday on Twitter)
SWD Challenge (and #SWDchallenge on Twitter)
Energy in America (Tableau dashboard example Amanda called out)


Ritika Bhasker

Senior Data Scientist, DevResults
Ritika Bhasker: ritika@devresults.com Data Scientist, DevResults. Ritika Bhasker is a data scientist with a background in global governance and political science. She's passionate about using data to help identify and solve problems, and build out accessible ways to help others do the same. Prior to joining DevResults... Read More →
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Amanda Makulec

Data Visualization Lead, Excella
Amanda Makulec is the Data Visualization Lead at Excella and has spent nearly a decade working in analytics, information systems, and data visualization. She finds creative ways to help people use data to answer questions and make decisions. At Excella, she leads cross-functional... Read More →

Kristine Schlenker

Health Informatics Advisor, USAID / Public Health Institute
Kristy is a Health Informatics Advisor with over a decade of experience in analytics, data management, performance management, and research. She currently leads an interagency group focused on advancing data access and data quality across PEPFAR – serving as a key liaison between... Read More →

Robert Segan

Deputy Director Global Health Solutions, QED
A global health specialist with more than 12 years of experience in international development and work in emerging markets, Rob previously led a team that contributed to more than a $1B in winning proposals for a range of public and private sector clients including USAID, DFID, CDC... Read More →
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Tim Shifflett

Deputy Director of Client Innovations, MSI
Tim provides field facing technology support for donor funded projects, focusing on remote data collection systems and and information portals. He has supported data visualization projects for humanitarian and development organizations in Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, and other nations... Read More →

Thursday September 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Academy Hall Main Room 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009