Register for one session or both. The content will naturally build from beginner to more advanced skills during our four hours together, so your best bet is to attend both sessions. We also understand that you might have a scheduling conflict and not be able to attend both sessions, so Ann will present the content such that you can also register for a single session and jump right in without feeling lost.

Registration: Registration for current members of Milwaukee Evaluation is $85 per session for individuals and $105 per session for groups. Registration for the general public is $95 per session for individuals and $120 per session for groups.  Registrations will be accepted up until 3 hours before the webinar. Please direct registration and payment questions to Emily Connors of Milwaukee Evaluation at


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Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and designer who equips organizations around the globe to visualize their data more effectively. Within the past year, she led more than 60 trainings for more than 2,800 participants. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information even easier to understand for non-technical audiences. Recent clients include the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health. She stays in touch with her first love, program evaluation, by heading a multi-year evaluation of a workforce development program for underemployed adults in Virginia. Ann is also the Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting interest group and past Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University. Learn more at

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Target Audience: Evaluators and evaluation consumers with an interest in presenting research and evaluation findings more effectively through charts, graphs, tables, and diagrams. This webinar series is especially aimed at analysts who want to move quickly through the basics and dive into the more advanced techniques.

Visualizing Research and Evaluation Results

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. and Ann K. Emery have joined forces to offer you a virtual data visualization workshop this spring! During our two sessions together, we’ll walk through Ann’s five-step Data Visualization Design Process so that you can apply this framework to your own projects. First, we'll discuss contextual considerations, like whether the present the data as-is or tell a story for your stakeholders, whether to aggregate or disaggregate the data, and how many points in time to display. Second, we’ll discuss another contextual consideration that’s crucial during up-front planning: how will you ultimately share your completed charts? Ann will share strategies for adapting your charts for Word reports, PowerPoint reports, live PowerPoint presentations, visual executive summaries, and more. Third, you'll get an introduction to chart choosing skills. The instructor will explain the pros and cons of various chart types, and you’ll understand when to swap out pie charts and bar charts for options like slope charts, tree maps, social network maps, or dot plots. We’ll pause for hands-on application in Excel and you’ll practice exploratory visualization skills by creating spark lines, data bars, and heat tables. Fourth, Ann will briefly touch on the pros and cons of common software options, including Excel, Tableau, R, CartoDB, and several others. And fifth, Ann will teach you her Simplification and Emphasis approach to editing graphs, in which you simplify the less-important borders, grid lines, and tick marks and then emphasize the most-important pieces with text and color. Although these universal best practices can be applied in any software program, we’ll pause frequently during this fifth step of the design process for hands-on practice in Excel. For example, after Ann discusses how to guide your stakeholders’ eyes to the critical pieces of your chart with color saturation, she’ll demonstrate the click-by-click process for customizing Excel’s color palette through live screensharing. You’ll receive the Excel file in advance so you can participate from the comfort of your own desk. Then, Ann will share easy-to-implement graphic design secrets for combining multiple charts into infographics, dashboards, and other types of one-page summaries. Finally, we’ll conclude with the latest techniques for creating charts that aren’t traditionally available within Excel, like population pyramids, diverging stacked bar charts, and/or other advanced layouts upon request.

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