SECC project staff met with ALSDE Research and Development staff to provide technical assistance with innovative approaches to data visualization. During the work session, the team took a critical look at principles of data visualization through discussion, modeling, and hands-on practice. Specific topics we addressed included the science behind data visualization, the importance of identifying significant points found in the data, and how to best communicate those points through the careful selection and design of charts, tables, graphs, and dashboards.
To highlight one activity during the session, SEA staff shared examples of their work using Tableau software and worked collaboratively to examine and refine these graphic representations using principles of practice. Additionally, SECC staff provided the SEA with online resources on designing powerful communication tools for presenting data. Next steps include consulting with the SEA on the design of a presentation for its upcoming MEGA conference to be held in Mobile, Alabama, this July and providing follow-up support to this work session for other SEA staff members.