Beyond the Pie Chart: Maps

Tech Soup Blog

Charts and graphs are useful, but when you have any kind of location data — whether it's postal codes, state abbreviations, country names, or your own custom geocoding — you've got to see your data on a map. You wouldn't leave home to find a new restaurant without a map (or a GPS anyway), would you? So demand the same informative view from your data. Part 4 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series covers mapping.

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6 Tips For Creating Better Charts With Your Nonprofit’s Data

TechImpact

Beth’s blog shares Ann Emry’s tips for creating charts with your nonprofit’s data. Charts can turn plain text into a visually, expressive piece of information, which is great for persuading donors to donate or showing your supporters your organization’s impact. Chart diversity. There is a wide variety of charts. Don’t limit your organization to the same old pie chart used in every report. Showcase data.

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The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We've covered bar charts, line charts, scatter plots, and maps in Beyond the Pie Chart. We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. When to Use a Pie Chart. As we state in our white paper, Which Chart or Graph is Right for You? … Pie charts should be used to show relative proportions — or percentages — of information. When to use pie charts: Showing proportions.

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A look at 15 best and (almost) free mind mapping tools for nonprofits

Candid

The same principle lies at the heart of a mind map. Mind maps help us stay organized in the world of content shock, informational chaos, and short attention span. They say mind mapping makes people more creative and retentive. Why use mind maps in your nonprofit practice?

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Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

3rd Sector Labs

Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. Who remembers the days of charities arguing with local United Ways over the donor data? “We own the workplace giving data,” was the typical United Way response to charities wanting to know more about the donors supporting them, “because they are United Way donors – our donors.” What about the data?

Feel the Heat: Great Tools for Mapping Website Interactions

Byte Technology

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to gauge and chart your user’s behaviors while they’re on your WordPress website? Well, if you have, then it’s time to check out heat-mapping, programs that help you gain insights into user interactions such as where on your site they click, what specific areas they explore more than others and generally how they use your site for their purposes. For instance, a site owner can view a map that shows what people are clicking on (i.e.

New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth Kanter

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009. Map: Visualize funding by recipient location (orange bubbles) or foundation location (blue bubbles). List: View and sort foundation, recipients and grants data in table form.

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Free and Cheap Charts for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Diagramming tools are great if you want to create a flow chart or map of your computer network, projects that are too complicated for Microsoft Paint but too simple for Photoshop. A closely related subject is charts: pie charts, line charts, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, and the like. But it surprises me how many ugly charts I see nonprofits making. Yesterday we talked about diagramming software, the subject of this week's TechSoup article.

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Upcoming Webinar March 29: Mapping Philanthropy - Data Visualization for Good

Tech Soup Blog

The first of these free webinars, Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good , will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m. During this hour, the Foundation Center's George Ford and Jake Garcia will take a look at how grant seekers can use the interactive maps and charts in Foundation Directory Online , the Foundation Center’s grant seeking database for nonprofits, to identify prospective funders.

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Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Enjoy this post from my of many favorite nonprofit data nerds … Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd. Charts can be one of your strongest communication tools. Better charts = better communication = better understanding = better decision making. There are infinite types of charts, but you don’t have to master them all. Line charts and histograms and scatter plots, oh my! The good news: You only need a handful of go-to charts.

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Webinar Recap: Mapping Philanthropy - Use Data Visualization to Do Good

Tech Soup Blog

The first webinar in this series, Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good , was held on March 29. Data Visualization Goals. One theme that I took away from this webinar was the need to identify a goal for data visualizations. Remember: your goals may be slightly different, but do not forget to have them clearly mapped out ahead of time. geospatial resources – a collection of visual maps illustrating U.S.

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Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

Tech Soup Blog

We know nonprofits and libraries gather piles of data, from program outcomes to constituent data to fundraising or advocacy campaign results. And you probably struggle to turn that data into meaningful insights that can improve your work or tell your organization's story. That's why TechSoup has partnered with Tableau on a new blog series called "Beyond the Pie Chart." Thought that analyzing your data was complicated or scary?

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Nonprofit-Centric Data Sharing Sites

NTEN

Data sharing has become a critical part of collaboration and will continue to do so as we are able to access and create more data. There are many sites that allow you to upload data, as well as download other data, for free. These are just a handful of nonprofit-focused data sharing sites to get you started: National Center for Charitable Statistics: NCCS provides data, as well as analysis tools and reports, on Nonprofits around the US.

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Remember Paint by Number? SAP Visual Intelligence: A Visual Treat for Reporting Data

Tech Soup Blog

SAP Visual Intelligence software takes massive amounts of data and transforms it into colorful, easy-to-grasp visual displays. Start off in SAP Visual Intelligence by pulling data from a broad range of sources: Excel spreadsheets ("personal data sources") as well as many types of databases (for example, Access, Oracle, SAP HANA, BusinessObjects). Users can input data in seconds with a couple of points and clicks. Try It Out and See if You're a Data Geek.

Google Maps: Seek and Hide | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

» Google Maps: Seek and Hide Posted Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 11:22 am by Alan Gallauresi (13 posts) Everybody loves a good Google Map mash-up. For those of our clients who already have geographically tagged data, an interactive map provides an intuitive way to visualize the scope of their work and at the same invites their audience to interactively play while learning more about their organization. Which, of course, is where the map comes in.

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Putting Your Twitter Followers on the Map, Literally

Beth Kanter

TweepsMap is an interesting Twitter app that will put your followers on a map of the world, literally. I made a mistake, I didn’t give my data the sniff test before sharing it. That’s some great advice from KD Paine for the last chapter of our forthcoming book , ”Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” which is on data analysis and turning data in action. So, look at every chart, every graph, every number and ask does it make sense.

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Two ways to make your own Google map | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Google Maps now lets us all take our map fascination to the next level: over the past few years they’ve given us multiple views, fantastic ( and sometimes astonishing ) detail, driving directions, and even the ability to create custom content. There are two ways to create custom Google maps. The first and most common is using the API, a code library released by Google that allows anyone who knows a little code to build their own map, with a high degree of customization.

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Marc A. Smith on Social Mapping for Network Growth

Tech Soup Blog

Smith and his talk "Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL." When this data is put into a connected graph, patterns emerge which can show you who the influencers are in your community, as well as show you people who are talking about your community that you may not have known about. TechSoup hosted the San Francisco Online Community Meetup which recently featured Marc A.

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6 Great Interactive Data Visualization Tools (Part 1)

NTEN

Websites are loaded with eye candy these days — from slick user interfaces to interactive maps to cool photo slideshows — all achieved without Flash, just HTML, CSS and Javascript. In this 2-part series, I'm going to focus on the rapidly changing world of interactive tools for data visualization, or dataviz. Recently, many exciting HTML/CSS/Javascript-based data visualization tools have emerged. Data data visualization nptech nten tools Web Sites Communications IT Staff

Data Portability for Good

NTEN

For four weeks this summer, we got a crash course in data transparency. Entrants built useful applications incorporating at least one data feed from Data.gov , in an effort to make government data accessible and usable. Leveraging entrepreneurship and the expertise of geeks, Sunlight hoped this contest would result in useful applications that made sense of government data sets, while simultaneously reinforcing the importance of transparency. Because data is powerful!

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Data and Storytelling: 6 Ways to Use Data to Move Your Mission

NTEN

By Kurt Voelker, CTO, Forum One Data is the new black. Data is so much more than a stack of numbers or a server filled with client outputs. Given the attention that Data gets from the media, influencers, and the hill, we believe that every communications department is obligated to look closer at their data and how they are using it - and should be tapping into it to get work done towards your organizations goals. Data NPTech NTEN storytelling Communications

Data and Storytelling: 6 Ways to Use Data to Move Your Mission

Forum One

Data is the new black. Data is so much more than a stack of numbers or a server filled with client outputs. Given the attention that Data gets from the media, influencers, and the hill, we believe that every communications department is obligated to look closer at their data and how they are using it - and should be tapping into it to get work done towards your organizations goals. The truth can become obvious when you reveal the change in data in a visual way.

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Data and Story Telling: 6 Ways to Use Data to Move Your Mission

Forum One

Data is the new black. Data is so much more than a stack of numbers or a server filled with client outputs. Given the attention that Data gets from the media, influencers, and the hill, we believe that every communications department is obligated to look closer at their data and how they are using it - and should be tapping into it to get work done towards your organizations goals. The truth can become obvious when you reveal the change in data in a visual way.

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Four Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Their Impact with Data

NTEN

The increasing pressure on your nonprofit not just to do good work, but to prove your impact – coupled with the increasing use of databases and online services – has led to exponential growth in data within the nonprofit sector. Data management will be one of the most important skills in our sector over the next decade, with implications that reach far beyond simply understanding our own organizations. Know What Data You Have and What it Means. We have to share our data.

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Great reads from around the web on February 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Oxfam in Haiti – Google Maps – This is a great example of how you can use a tool like Google Maps to tell a story and provide easy access to information – great job Oxfam! "Oxfam This map shows some of the sites where Oxfam is providing water and sanitation, as well as employment through the cash-for-work program. " A Consumers Guide To Low-Cost Data Visualization Tools – Check out this great, free report from Idealware! "You've

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Storytelling for Community with Data Visualization: CommBuild Tweet Chat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

More specifically, the CommBuild tweet chat was about using data visualization for community storytelling. Joing the chat to provide data visualization expertise was guest expert Matt Scharpnick, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Elefint Designs. A community's story can identify or clarify issues that are not immediately evident when looking at data. When using data to tell a story, it’s important to understand what information matters to your community.

Blackbaud Discontinued Crystal Reports – Now What?

Cloud 4 Good

Furthermore, while NXT Insight Designer has matured, it will not be a full replacement for CT clients because it is limited to NXT data only. . The solution can take your data and make it easier for you to create custom reports and dashboards to understand and take action with your data.

Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base

Amy Sample Ward

Whether you have a blog, website, or even multiple, you can use Google Analytics to really drill down into the data and understand how people are visiting and using your site. Community Mapping. Community Mapping helps you identify not just the various segments of your audience, but also create a clear picture of which tools/platforms are associated with those groups and which messages are best to target where.

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If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact?

Amy Sample Ward

—– I love data as much as the next person. Give me an interactive map, a pivot table, even a plain old pie chart and I’m happy. But, there’s more to being data-informed and more to what we should demand of our data, right? When it comes to focusing on the right data, I like to ask myself these two questions. Is data helpful if you aren’t using it? We collect a lot of data. data nten

How To Get Insight From Data Visualization: SHUT UP and SLOW DOWN!

Beth Kanter

I have been interested in visualization techniques, visual facilitation, and visual thinking since 1991 when I read Tony Buzan’s book, “ Using Both Sides of the Brain: Mind Mapping Techniques ” that started me down a very slow and leisurely learning journey. This year I’ve been focusing on data visualization and techniques for nonprofits – and working on my visual thinking skills without letting my basic drawing skills become a barrier.

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Gobs and Gobs of Data: Strategies for Visualizing and Sharing Policy Content

NTEN

In the past, rows and rows of data would die a quick death in thick policy reports or inscrutable spreadsheets. Don't let your data fall victim! Today, there are many tools to visualize and share data online. Smart organizations create and publish their data widely to other sites, widgets, social networks, and aggregation applications. But let's start with a few simple principles to jumpstart how your organization can improve its use of data online.

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Making Data Visualizations: A Survival Guide And Other Resources

Beth Kanter

This part of the measurement process is most the fun because it covers visualization, pattern recognition, and reflection. I wanted to take a deeper dive into resources out there that provide useful tips about how to do this step for folks who were not data scientists or data nerds. I did a quick scan of data visualization resources to look for practical advice on the process of thinking visually and some technical information on what chart to select and data storytelling.

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New Toy From GoogleLabs: Play With Data | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

» New Toy From GoogleLabs: Play With Data Posted Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 9:00 pm by Tim (35 posts) GoogleLabs always comes up with really neat ways to interact with their humongous piles of data (sorry for the techno-babble). Use both the chart and the map view to see how countries compare with regard to “Internet users per 1000 capita,&# “Carbon dioxide emissions – tons per capita,&# or “Women % of workforce&#.

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RESULTS: An Acronym For Nonprofit Success

Bloomerang

It might be even useful to locate a volunteer with a background in sales or data analysis and see if you can get them to come on board as the one person in your organization who can go through the feedback and present the results. Think of it like mapping a route to take.

3 Cool Things to Try in Excel 2016

Tech Soup Blog

Try the New Chart Types. What's new with Excel charts? If you look carefully at the Excel 2016 "Insert" ribbon tab, you will notice the new chart types, which will help you better share your data with your audience. " So it's great for showing financial data. You now have new and powerful tools and processes that allow you to gather data from several sources and get insight-rich information, leading to better decisions.

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TechSoup Tools for Desktop Publishing and Presentations

Tech Soup Blog

That's why TechSoup offers product donations that can help you with desktop publishing, presentations, sketches, graphs, charts, and more! This is the application you'd want for creating professional-looking digital forms, as well as digital versions of annual reports and research reports that include images, graphs, charts, and complex layout. I can't image what we'd do without the charts and graphs it produces, which can be used in other Office applications.

The Future of Cloud Computing: 5 Startups to Watch from BoxWorks

Tech Soup Blog

In his keynote at the event, Box CEO Aaron Levie said that today's cloud computing users expect their data to follow them everywhere, at home and at work. Capriza Zapps can also connect to things like barcode scanners, Google Maps, and other outside devices and services. Synata.com — is a contextual intelligence or data mining service that brings data and documents from Box, Dropbox, etc.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. In less than two years, a simple website created to track election violence in Nairobi is now being used to: monitor crime-related data in Atlanta, GA.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. In less than two years, a simple website created to track election violence in Nairobi is now being used to: monitor crime-related data in Atlanta, GA.

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Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

Beth Kanter

Learning is the ultimate result of being “ data informed ” that is using feedback data to improve results. Organize your program data so it is accessible. Most organizations still use paper forms to collect information, and don’t have the time or resources to make that data useful in a digital format. Captricity is a tool that extracts data from forms and documents. Data Learning Measurement

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

Ushahidi has been developing open-source crisis mapping software for over eight years now. LABB created an Oil Spill Crisis Map in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Since then, it has since logged, mapped, and tracked more than 14,000 reports of petrochemical pollution. The organization got started when a group of Kenyan bloggers led by Erik Hersman began doing online mapping of violence reports after the 2008 Kenyan election.

Recruiting Geeks for Human Rights!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Scientist / Data Analysis Engineer / General Techie Want to help save the world with your code? We're Benetech's Human Rights Data Analysis Group, and we're hiring right now ! What we do: Benetech's Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) develops database software, data collection strategies, and statistical techniques to measure human rights atrocities. What you will do: Write computer programs for human rights data analysis projects.

Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

Beth Kanter

But shouldn’t dashboards be designed by data scientists and graphic designers? Many times dashboard design is focused on “getting it done efficiently” and graphs and does not address the human side – buy-in, learning from data, and consensus on metrics. A focus on the bar charts without taking the time to understand the challenges and open up creative thinking will not inspire organizational buy-in which is so important. Data Measurement