Upcoming Session!

The Art and Science of Producing Effective Infographics
Facilitator: Dr. Sid Ali

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The interactive and multi-modal workshop will focus on a specific type of data visualization, namely 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 to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). We then venture into design theory, calling on the works of data visualization experts Bernard Marr, Stephanie Evergreen, Garr Reynolds and Edward Tufte. The bulk of the time will be aimed at specific 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 resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question 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 and how the brain process and information
  3. Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics
  4. 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


Past Sessions:

  • April 27, 2023
  • October 20, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • November 10, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • April 28, 2021
  • September 29, 2020
  • May 27, 2020
  • March 29, 2019
    Bond Place Hotel, Toronto
  • September 28, 2018
    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto