Data Dashboard as Evaluation and Research Communication Tool



Data dashboards are visual displays that feature the most important information needed to achieve specific goals captured on a single screen. Effective dashboards should be designed as monitoring tools that are understood at a glance. Dashboards are useful tools because they can leverage visual perception to communicate dense amounts of data clearly and concisely. They are typically used in the communication phase of evaluation; however, in the case of analytical dashboards, they may also be used in the analysis phase. Strategic, analytical, and operational dashboards are different dashboard types used to meet different communication needs. This chapter highlights keys to realizing the potential of data dashboards by describing appropriate use, effective practices for designing and creating these tools, how to evaluate dashboards, and software that can be used to create dashboards. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.