“Drinking from the Firehose ”. Two Key Points. Visualization helps make sense of information But neither information nor visualization ….. imply that we will learn Avoid the illusion of learning. Three Key Questions. Targeting of Need Donor Coordination Recipient Feedback
….. imply that we will learn
Avoid the illusion of learning
Where do information and visualization get us?
The role of geocoding…
Geocoding allows fund tracking at the
Does aid reach and help the neediest?
How do we really know whether aid helps?
Will visualizations mislead users?
Do donors coordinate to target areas of need?
Geographic clustering in areas of concentrated need
…Spread out in areas of diffuse need
Is clustering inherently problematic?
What is missing?
Geocoding makes possible leveraging the
wisdom of crowds through decentralized
citizen and NGO feedback
If you build it…
will they really come?
Locations, Incentives….not technology
Complexity of development:
Randomized Controlled Trials
But more information does not imply learning
Visualization does not imply learning
In the race for information, let’s take the time to learn