Communicating With Data

From the HSx Core Competencies collection.  This module provides a roadmap to understanding value and strategies connected to the communication of messages via data.

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Resource List

These resources provide a baseline of understanding, but as the strategic environment continues to evolve, new data will become available.

See also : Developing Effective Presentation Media, Introduction to Charts, Chart Selection, Chart Clean-up

Recent Publications and Journal Articles:

  • Using Data in Leadership for Learning: The authors examine the role of data in leadership decision- making, particularly for leadership of educational institutions. The article proposes that data is crucial for leadership decision-making within institutions as well as communication of justification for these decisions to the wider community.
  • How Analytics and Data Can Undermine Leaders: This article provides a word of caution regarding the use of data and analytics within organizations and in relation to leadership. The author posits that data can easily be misused, creating issues for leadership and decision-makers.
  • Using Data to Support Grant Applications: This presentation explores the value of data in grant writing; data can be a useful tool when persuading foundations and organizations to award a grant.
  • Data-Informed Leadership in Education: This report details the value of data-informed decision-making, specifically in the case of leaders in education.
    • Citation: Knapp, Michael S., Juli A. Swinnerton, Michael A. Copland, and Jack Monpas-Huber. “Data-Informed Leadership in Education”. Rep. Vol. 1. Seattle: Wallace Foundation, 2006. Print.
  • How to Give a Data Heavy Presentation: This article describes methods for the most efficient utilization of data when conveying ideas.
  • Effective Presentation and Communication of Information Using Charts: This article presents the basic methods of presenting data, primarily through charts and graphs. It emphasizes clarity of data when presenting to leadership that may not be familiar with the subject matter.
    • Citation: “Effective Presentation and Communication of Information Using Charts.” ACCA. ACCA, 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

Books:

  • Communicating in Groups and Teams: Sharing Leadership: The authors explore how leadership and communication can be most effectively leveraged within organizations and groups.
    • Citation: Lumsden, Gay, Donald L. Lumsden, and Carolyn Wiethoff. “Communicating in Groups and Teams: Sharing Leadership”. Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.
  • Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations: The authors explore strategies for communicating ideas and data within organizations.
    • Citation: Torres, Rosalie T., Hallie S. Preskill, and Mary E. Piontek. “Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations”. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005. Print.
  • The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audience: This book describes the added value of infographics and data when attempting to convey a message or idea.
    • Citation: Smiciklas, Mark, and Greg Wiegand. “The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audience”. Indianapolis, IN: Que, 2012. Print.

These materials were developed as an initiative of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) curriculum at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. HSx is an 18-month collaborative program from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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