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Accessibility Quick Wins – DataViz

<h2>Accessibility Quick Wins</h2>
Depict Data Studio | 2021

How do we make our graphs more accessible? There’s a misconception that accessibility takes all day, that’s it’s costly, or that it’s complicated. Those are all false. Accessibility is woven into all my trainings, but since this is a topic I get asked about a lot, I decided to make a new talk that’s focused just on accessibility for dataviz. In Spring 2021 our friend Ann K. Emery gave a talk at the Good Tech Fest conference about dataviz accessibility quick wins. You get to watch her whole >>

Return on Investment in the Social Sector

Funding partners want to invest in organizations and programs most likely to succeed in helping people – not because those programs make money. Because “helping people” isn’t easily monetized (though many try!), a critical part of nonprofit storytelling is helping funders understand why and how their investment results in lasting change. Defining what it means to help people is a value-driven and data-informed conversation. We have created this document to help you talk to funders about return on investment.

What is Theory of Change?

Theory of Change is essentially a comprehensive description and illustration of how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a particular context. It is focused in particular on mapping out or “filling in” what has been described as the “missing middle” between what a program or change initiative does (its activities or interventions) and how these lead to desired goals being achieved. This website includes everything you need to know in order to understand and create a Theory of Change.

Actionable Measurement Guide

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Guide to Actionable Measurement is driven by three basic principles: 1) Measurement should be designed with a purpose in mind — to inform decisions and/or actions; 2) Do not measure everything but strive to measure what matters most; 3) Because the foundation’s work is organized by strategies, the data we gather help us learn and adapt our initiatives and approaches. This guide includes a results matrix, definitions of terms in our results hierarchy, and a set of measurement guidelines intended to shape internal decisions about depth, breadth, and rigor of measurement across grants and within strategies. The guide also highlights the good practices they aspire to follow to be good stewards and not increase the reporting burden faced by our grantees or distract from their work.

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