Ending Dusty Shelf Reports with Ann K. Emery

Ann K. Emery - Ending Dusty Shelf Reports

Ann K. Emery at Depict Data Studio helps people and organizations visualize data more effectively. This interview covers key evaluation and research reporting strategies, techniques, and resources. Ann is well-known in the evaluation world and beyond. She has been invited to speak in more than 30 states and 10 countries, more than 3,200 people have enrolled in her online training academy, and she has consulted more than 150 organizations, including the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Harvard University.


In this discussion, we talk about:

– Why Ann loves data visualization and reporting

– Reasons evaluators should be concerning about data visualization and reporting

– Resources someone just starting out in evaluation (and others) can use to get proficient in data visualization. This includes Ann’s free course: Soar Beyond the Dusty Shelf Report

– Using a DataViz Wall of Fame

– Techniques for engaging project stakeholders in the reporting process. She co-authored an article on using Data Placemats that is available here

– Common mistakes she sees evaluators make with their reports

– How Ann obtains helpful feedback regarding her work

– Her inspiration for developing blog posts

– Books that Ann recommends

– How she structures her day/week to enhance productivity





James Pann smiling at the camera, sitting in front of green trees

James Pann, Ph.D. is a Professor at Nova Southeast University and a highly experienced psychologist and evaluator with nearly 25 years of experience. He conducts research and evaluation projects with non-profit organizations in the fields of health, human services, and education, and has received funding from multiple government agencies.

James holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Miami, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the host of the EvalNetwork podcast, a frequent conference presenter, and has published several peer-reviewed research articles and co-authored a book. James currently resides in Miami, Florida with his family and enjoys backpacking trips. Find out more about his work here.


Mindfulness Meets Evaluation: Insights from Jim McDavid

Mindfulness Meets Evaluation: Insights from Jim McDavid

In this episode, I talk with Jim McDavid, Ph.D., about his experience with mindfulness and meditation practice, how it has influenced him, and how it affects how he views and practices evaluation. Our conversation also covers practical wisdom, Jim’s interest in the environment, and challenges associated with determining cause and effect in evaluation. Jim is

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