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Alan Smith OBE Principal Methodologist ONS Data Visualisation Centre. USER. needs. WHO ARE OUR KEY USERS?. Not all institutes share the same goals: ‘show me the numbers’. Everyone does this. ‘from data to meaningful information’. Not everyone does this…

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Alan Smith OBE

Principal Methodologist

ONS Data Visualisation Centre

USER

needs

who are our key users
WHO ARE OUR KEYUSERS?

Not all institutes share the same goals:

  • ‘show me the numbers’. Everyone does this.
  • ‘from data to meaningful information’. Not everyone does this…

User needs will be different depending which role(s) a producer is following…

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“…Among the Code of Practice requirements are that producers of official statistics should prepare full and frank commentary and analysis that aid interpretation including:

  • information on the quality and reliability of statistics in relation to the range of potential uses
  • information on methods, procedures and classifications
  • factual information about the policy or operational context
  • formats for the presentation of statistics in graphs, tables and maps that enhance clarity, interpretability and consistency…
  • …In the view of the Statistics Authority, the public has a right to know the statisticians’ understanding of the messages from the statistics, just as they have a right to the data itself.  It is common, and proper, for statisticians in government departments to brief policy colleagues on the substance of the statistics.  That knowledge should, as a matter of principle, be shared more widely.”
  • (The Value of Statistical Commentary, 23rd July 2010)
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If you are interested in storytelling…

…meet your new best friend

which graph
Which Graph?

The Power of the Graphical Method

The “Don’t worry” Version

The “Problem lies here” Version

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“Excellent use of dynamic and interactive graphics. Exactly the sort of tool which will encourage user engagement”

RSS Excellence in Official Statistics Awards 2010 Panel,

on Interactive Ageing Map (winner, Communication Category)

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WARNING

‘Syndicatable’ content does not mean ‘dumbing it down’ or making it more difficult to get to the real information…

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“Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the Earth…

they are being besieged with information and calls for their attention from every platform”

Sir Ken Robinson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

do people like numbers
Do people like numbers?

“I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher, not lower, than -8, but I’m not having it”Tina Farrel, 23, Levenshulme

some numbers about people not liking numbers
Some numbers about people not liking numbers
  • In 2003, 46.9% of adults in England lacked Level 1 numeracy skills
  • In 2011, 49.1% of adults in England lacked Level 1 numeracy skills
  • Source: 2011 Skills for Life Survey
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart

  • A typical ‘Corporate’ colour scheme
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart

  • Isoluminant, Complementary-Multichrome colour scheme.
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart (red/green colour-blind)

  • Isoluminant, Complementary-Multichrome colour scheme.
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart (B&W monitor/printer)

Isoluminant, Complementary-Multichrome colour scheme.

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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart

  • Monochromatic colour scheme with monotonic luminance(+) and saturation(+) contrast.
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart (red/green colour-blind)

  • Monochromatic colour scheme with monotonic luminance(+) and saturation(+) contrast.
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3 Category Stacked Bar Chart (B&W monitor/printer)

  • Monochromatic colour scheme with monotonic luminance(+) and saturation(+) contrast.
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WARNING

If you go ‘beyond the numbers’, the content should be designed to ENGAGE the target users…

….or it will be IGNORED and/or BETTERED by others = a big waste of money

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CELEBRITY-WATCH

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alan.smith@ons.gsi.gov.uk

advice

DATA

VISUALISATION

CENTRE

production

bit.ly/onsdvc

design

@theboysmithy