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Knowledge At First Sight: A Data Visualization Clinic

Knowledge At First Sight: A Data Visualization Clinic

September 23, 2018 2018 Fall Conference

Knowledge At First Sight: A Data Visualization Clinic

The HMIS data viz clinic will provide a framework for planning, designing, and deploying engaging HMIS visualizations and dashboards. We’ll focus on core data viz principles including audience targeting; how to incorporate best practices such as choices regarding layout, charts, and palettes; and how to improve visualizations through community feedback. We’ll then apply these principles as we review, assess, praise or scrutinize published dashboards – revealing hits, misses, and lessons learned.

Jess Jorstad, Lead Data & Program Analyst for the Snohomish County Human Services Office of Community & Homeless Services ; Andrea Miller, HMIS Consultant at Waypoints Consulting Jess Jorstad is the Lead Data & Program Analyst for the Snohomish County Human Services Office of Community & Homeless Services. She draws on her 10-year background in homeless housing, experience in administering CoC projects and development of performance benchmarks as she builds visualizations to easily consume large quantities of data. These dynamic visualizations aid the investigation of system trends, program performance, and overall data quality by highlighting every corner of the HMIS dataset. A sample of dashboards can be found at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/jess.jorstad#!

Andrea Miller is an HMIS Consultant who serves as the HMIS Lead for the 3-County CoC in Western MA. She has 20+ years experience in applied research, evaluation, and performance management in public health, mental health, and homeless services settings. Andrea is committed to using data and knowledge to transform systems and effect positive community change. She embraces data visualization as an effective means of engaging and provoking insight among CoC stakeholders, while happily exploiting its capacity to inform multiple audiences at once through interactivity, localization, and customized views. Andrea works directly with the Cloudburst Group and other HUD TA/CoC jurisdictions on HMIS data viz initiatives, training others on data viz strategies, best practices, and implementation. Andrea curates a CoC Data Wiki: https://3countycoc.wikispaces.com and recently formed the HMIS Data Viz Users Group to engage and motivate all HMIS data viz practitioners.

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