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  I love mapping things. Putting things in paper and placing them differently according to the most relevant criteria. I can map ideas, individuals, organizations, concepts, areas, groups, actions… whatever. Places can correspond to areas, importance, phases, location, moments. It helps me hugely to map them – I’m not even sure if that is the right name or if it is just me who...

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Experimenting with visual Tables of contents (I)
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I have a personal thing with the way Tables of contents look nowadays. The way most of them look now is merely a relation of numbers, titles and pages, more or less long and logically structured, but more or less all the same. I know most people -and certainly most evaluators- relate very well with text so probably they won’t see any need on...

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An evaluator among the best visual journalists
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Hi! Last month I had the chance to attend to the world’s top infographic event –Malofiej summit– that takes place every year in Pamplona (North of Spain). I really enjoyed listening and talking to some of the people leading the data visualization world. I want to thank Tiago Veloso, founder and editor of Visualoop, for being interested in my opinion about the conference and...

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How do AEA’s TIGs look like?
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If you are familiar with the American Evaluation Association (AEA) structure, you will know about its Topical Interest Groups (TIGs). TIGs are a major component of the life of AEA members. Each TIG is defined around a special topic or interest to subgroups of AEA. There are more than 50 (you can see the list here), and it is quite overwhelming to go through...

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A “must” in every Executive Summary
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Lately I’m thinking about how to improve Executive Summaries. Nowadays they are often 5-pages summarizing the context and object of the evaluation, the methodology of the research, the main findings and the key recommendations. Which is terribly useful. But I would like to go further and think about what they should contain in order to make them more informative and more visual. One of...

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Mapping the vulnerability of the beneficiaries of your program
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Hi! Long time no see… (2015’s resolution to start regularly posting duly done ;-P) Vulnerability is a very complex multilevel concept, always challenging to address. So I’m going to share with you how data visualization helped me assess the way we were dealing with it in a program. More precisely, our question was: To which extent our beneficiaries were vulnerable? (Or equally vulnerable, for...

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The Participation X-ray
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Hi everyone! Like many of you I’m starting to prepare for AEA’s annual conference next week in Denver, where I will be presenting an innovative poster called: “The Meta-evaluation Dashboard” – a Dashboard that helps us unravelling the methodology and decisions made by the evaluators. It is also a valuable tool for Evaluation quality assurance. I would warmly like to invite you to stop...

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The (first?) circular organisational chart
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I’ve been exploring lately new fields where visual thinking and dataviz can help us to deeper or faster understand things. One of these examples are organisational charts. Traditionally they are visual representations of the areas and departments of an entity, showing the hierarchical relationships among them. They have been visual for a long time, but they have been limiting their representation only to show...

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Dashboard of a dream
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Dashboard of a dream

Apr 1, 2014

My friend Alicia had this dream: climbing 40 mountains with 40 friends the year she turned 40 (2013). And she did! She is amazing and passionate so she organized this year-long schedule and called her 40 most favourite people and somehow she managed to meet her goal. Which is quite impressive, since she does many other things and there are only 52 weekends a...

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My pentagon of resources
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I have a lot of ideas for producing more infographics regarding Evaluation, but for the time being I thought of sharing a new version of my CV that I just customised for the type of mission I’m doing lately. I’m having the chance of working with the British Red Cross evaluating and supporting projects of other organisations as the International Committee of Red Cross...

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A little sketch on Performance Management and Evaluation
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Even though I’m quite busy with work and preparing my trip to D.C. (yey!!!), I wanted to elaborate another infographic I had promised myself to do, even though it is still mainly a draft… When you have a background like mine (trained in Business management, experience in Quality, recently become an Evaluator and naturally inclined to Efficiency) I guess it is normal to be...

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Mixed Methods: the infographic
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Summer. New issue of New Directions for Evaluation on Mixed Methods in evaluation in my hands. Finally some time to invest in trying to better understand what Mixed Methods approach is all about. So I decided I will read it thoroughly and try to picture some kind of outline. But as usual, I ended up doing a visual one… As a newcomer to Evaluation and...

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Evaluation Paradigms Evolution
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It is very interesting -and not a simple task- trying to understand how the Evaluation field has evolved, hand by hand with other sciences, within the last decades. However, studying these phases and periods, I had the need to try to represent it visually, so I could “see” it more clearly. So, with the inputs of my teachers, I crafted this possible representation: It...

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What is Evaluation (infographic)
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When I started my master in Program and Policies Evaluation in october 2012, I challenged myself to try to do all my homework and assignments in some friendly visual new formats, instead of traditional paragraphs conforming texts. One of my first assignments, was to define what is Evaluation and what makes it different from other better-known disciplines. We were asked to deliver a 10 pages brief...

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A Very Incomplete (yet) Catalogue of Evaluation’s Methodologies
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My master in Evaluation is coming to an end, and I’m still figuring out how wide the Evaluation field is, and how many different options and approaches you can undertake to evaluate. So, last week, having thought I finally got the big picture, I elaborated a visual map of the different methodological levels. I tried to make every approach as a different planet, etc.,...

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My own Visual CV
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My own Visual CV

Apr 19, 2013

In this personnal search of new uses of visual displays to communicate ordinary informations, Visual CV are my new thing. I have been elaborating some for family and friends, and turns out they are eye-catching and some of them had good results among recruiters. Of course, I had to have my own,  so I’ve been crafting different options and models for my own Visual...

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Logic model
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Logic model

Feb 4, 2013

Systemic representation of a program in a personnal view of a logic model As I’m completing my master degree in “Programs and Policies Evaluation” and we were asked to design or systematize the theory of change of an imaginary education center, that is: to recreate what are their objectives, and what is the way they think they are going to better achieve them and to...

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Programming with vouchers
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After having worked in Developmental projects and organisations, I think focusing on Livelihoods may be one of the best strategies to try to help people in disadvantaged countries or in disadvantaged situations to cope with sustainable strategies. Therefore I’ve been collaboration with the Livelihoods Center of the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents) since the beginning of 2011. My modest collaboration...

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History of Evaluation
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History of Evaluation

Nov 28, 2012

Another of my assigments of my master in Evaluation was to try to figure out the history of this discipline. It was quite difficult for me, since it was the beginning of the degree (and it is still not so easy now), but I was lucky enough to find this article of Stufflebeam (which is the first chapter of the book), where they define it...

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My sister’s Visual CV
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Well, we know it’s a bit too packed, but she has done some many things just yet, we don’t know how to reduce it. Besides, she has never used it officially, so, for being a test of what could be done with her resume, you like it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Data Protection Law
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Data Protection Law

Oct 4, 2012

I really appreciate information displays where a lot of data is included, but you can visually easily aprehend the message. That is why I specially recomend using visual tools such as infographics for such uses: sharing information that is usually not too appealling but it is content, even though it is often relevant and interesting by itself. That is exactly the case of the...

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Logic framework
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Logic framework

Oct 4, 2012

So this is another of the uses you can give visualization in Evaluation. Logic frames matrix from logic frame approach are already quite “visual”, in the sense that information is already sintetised and organised. But it could be organised in a different way. For example:   I’m not particularly proud of this one, I will be coming back to it, but for the moment...

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A 25 years experience Visual CV
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Here’s another Visual CV… Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print...

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Visual CV of a professional
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Another friend of mine went unemployed, and he decided to go “special”, so we prepared this Visual CV that arose some comments, and surely not everybody liked, but finally got him a job! Wanna go “visual”? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket...

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Visual CV for my friend Almudena
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My friend Almudena is a proof-reader. By the way, she is the one who corrects my texts and data visualization work in Spanish. To elaborate her resume, I asked her what her work routine was when correcting, and what she usually uses. She told me that she usually has a big pad in front of her and she likes to write her annotations with a...

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Another Visual CV
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Another Visual CV

Jun 4, 2012

Just another friend was struggling trying to find a job, so we decided to try to make a Visual CV for her. In reality, most of the times, I only manage to highlight the person’s strengths and put her or his weaknesses more in the background. Often I think that it is only like information “make-up”, but on the other hand, the usual cv.doc...

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How to play Mus (cards game)
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Every time we try to teach someone how to play this cards game -Mus-, I end up writing for them the basics in a piece of paper, so they don’t get lost. Mus is for me the “king” of cards games, and it is not very complicated, only you need to know the rules before understanding… They are not obvious to the naked eye....

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Visual season calendars
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Another use you can give to visual tools in Evaluation and in Project management is for example season calendars. Here you can find two different examples, for Haiti crops. I’m not fully satisfied with any of them, but they give an idea of things that can be done.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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My first infographic
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My first infographic

Feb 15, 2012

  When I first discovered infographics, I realised that I was a very “visual” person, and that I wanted to be into infographics as something to be present in my life. Since most of people I talked to (mostly Spanish family and friends) were not aware of their existence, I realised I wanted to spread them, or better, I wanted to spread information and...

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Visual CV of a physical therapist
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This is the Visual CV of this professional of physical therapy. In this particular Visual CV, we decided to make each training proportional to the hours it took him, so not every training had the same relevance (usually is one line each). Also a map helps you visualize the different countries he has been working and living in (all within the same hour frame!)....

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