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Date and time: Wednesday 20 September 2017. 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Are we losing the plot? Principles and Practice of Good Graphics
Presenter: Sue Finch, Statistical Consulting Centre, The University of Melbourne & Matthew Johnson, Intelligence and Analysis, EPA Victoria
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: Friday 15th September 2017

This is a free seminar organised by the VIC branch of the AES. Our monthly seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Victoria and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES.

Seminar overview

“The greatest possibilities of visual display lie in vividness and inescapability of the intended message.” (John Tukey, 1990)

What are the principles and practice of good graphics that underlie effective communication of patterns in data or the results of statistical models?

Sue Finch will present five principles for producing quality graphical displays and briefly touch on the theory underlying these principles. The presentation will cover common mistakes that result in poor quality graphs, and how these be avoided. Using a range of examples, Sue will provide practical tips and checks for producing “vivid” visual displays.

Matthew Johnson will present a range of data visualisations used in his work at EPA Victoria and in two winning entries of Victoria’s annual Budget Hack competition. As a communication tool, simple clear visuals allow us to express complex ideas quickly and intuitively. With modern web technologies audiences can now engage with these ideas interactively and on their own terms. Matt will discuss where the data visualisation has worked and share his experiences of where it has not.

Presenter background

Sue Finch is a statistical consultant at the Statistical Consulting Centre at the University of Melbourne. She works with clients from government, business, industry and academic, across a broad spectrum of applications. The effective use of statistical graphics is an important part of her approach to consulting. She also teaches courses in statistics, and has a research interest in statistical education, and effective representation and communication of statistical data and concepts.

Matthew Johnson is a Senior Analyst with the Intelligence and Analysis Team of EPA Victoria. With a background in freshwater ecology Matthew has always used data visualisation of communicate complex ideas. As an EPA analyst data visualisation is used to provide insights into regulatory and environmental issues. For the last two years Matthew has been on the winning team of Victoria’s Budget Hack competition and also picked up an award at Govhack 2016.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:

7 – Evaluation Activities. Conduct data collection activities, use existing data, integrate data from multiple sources, report findings in formats that are useful for client and key stakeholders.
4 – Research Methods and Systematic Enquiry – employ valid quantitative data with rigour, and where possible to statistical confidence levels, use software, internet and other technological tools to facilitate effective data collection and analysis.





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