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The Art and Science of Producing Effective Infographics

September 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The 2-hour webinar will focus on a specific type of data visualization, infographics – artistic or graphic presentation of data to communicate insights. We will briefly orient infographics in the realm of data visualization, illustrating the different types of infographics. Then our focus will shift briefly to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). The bulk of the time will be focused on a step by step process to create infographics, and including relevant design elements of graphics, colour, and font, which provide the visual cues to our most important element: the data. We will then put these elements together with examples, and then look at some resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question and answer period.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the Workshop, the participant will be able to:

1. Compare the different types of infographics and situate them in the greater web of data visualization

2. Understand the basic tenets of design theory, how the brain processes information and how infographics are designed to appeal to information processing

3. Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics

4. Utilize a sequenced plan to create infographics

5. Locate and use various resources and tools for effective infographic production

In addition, this workshop aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

2.8 Identify data sources

2.13 Assesses trustworthiness of data

2.16 Reports evaluation findings and results

3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users

4.6 Reports on progress and results

5.1 Uses written communication skills and technologies

Biography of presenter:

A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, is an expert in education programs, focusing on assessment program development, management and evaluation. He has over 20 years’ experience as an evaluator. Sid combines his skills in psychometrics and evaluation to foster his professional interests in program evaluation capacity-building in the private sector, program development in licensure and certification contexts, as well as in effective data analytics and visualization. Since founding his consulting practice (www.rae-consult.com), he has worked with profession regulators and governing bodies in accounting and financial management, healthcare, law and international sanctions, as well as with the learning and development units of two of the big five Canadian banks. He began his better data visualization journey in 2008, focusing on effective presentation strategies for PowerPoint. He now blogs and speaks about data visualization, and has been an invited guest blogger on Stephanie Evergreen’s effective data visualization blog. He has produced infographics for official CES communications, has conducted a CES national webinar on infographics and has facilitated workshops on infographics for CES-ON and CES-MB. Sid is a Credentialed Evaluator, earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, and was a two-term Director for CES-ON.

A note on refunds:

If, for any reason, you prefer not to go ahead with your participation in one of our professional development events, you can cancel at any time and receive a 100% refund.  If you wish to cancel, please contact Kaitlyn by email at admin@evaluationontario.ca.

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