Data Artistry – the science, art & fun in data viz

When you first look at the image below, what do you see? A duck? A rabbit maybe? Or neither? Source [1] Now ask the person next to you. Was their response different? What you see first could easily differ from what might stand out for someone else. This is because of Perceptual Organization – “it refers … Continue reading Data Artistry – the science, art & fun in data viz

Engaging with the Evidence Experts at the Evidence 2016 Conference

There is a gaping space in evidence informed decision-making (EIDM) in the not-for-profit sector, government and other social development organizations. Many organizations focus on use of data for accountability and do not take a systems thinking approach to learn and adapt. Research and evidence supports this, but few present practical approaches on how to narrow … Continue reading Engaging with the Evidence Experts at the Evidence 2016 Conference

Putting your project indicators into perspective

“We have achieved 60% of our target (60 of 100 individuals trained) and are on track with our activities” “We reached 1200 learners in 5 schools, exceeding our target of 1000 learners” Statements like these, which explain programme progress in relation to a defined set of indicators, typically form an important part of progress reports … Continue reading Putting your project indicators into perspective

Thinking outside the data box

Organisational learning is a process of detecting and correcting error and is a component of adaptive capacity and organisational effectiveness (Letts et al, 1999; Arygris, 1977). This process is also known as adaptive coping, which includes the “ability to detect complex patterns within events, identify causal relations between events, and intervene in events” (Van Tonder … Continue reading Thinking outside the data box

The art of using M&E to tell a good story

Good stories hook us in, capturing our imaginations, emotionally engaging and entertaining us with suspense, humour and interesting characters. Our innate love of stories and their ability to cut through barriers, makes them a highly effective way to communicate the impact of your development project with others.

Digesting the Detail -why simplify the many paged report?

Our key development audiences are quite saturated with lengthy report reading…so lengthy reports are simply not as useful to stakeholders anymore. I have dealt with a few evaluation ‘condensation’ tasks in South Africa. In SA – and the rest of Africa – evaluations are multiple due to the high number of donor funded projects, as well … Continue reading Digesting the Detail -why simplify the many paged report?