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Now that you’ve amassed all of these data through your interoperability work, how do you make this information relevant to people? How can you make your data interesting, persuasive, and actionable to audiences you need to reach? This webinar will focus on the craft of visualization and provide lessons learned in communicating with data to achieve policy change and other forms of social impact. Through the webinar, we’ll examine a range of data visualizations, so that we can learn from their examples, and in addition to providing practical tactics, we’ll note off-the-shelf (and sometimes free) tools that you can use to build out your own compelling graphs and maps. Our guest presenter will be Andy Krackov, President, Hillcrest Advisory. The conversation will be moderated by NIC President, Daniel Stein. 

About the Presenter

Andy Krackov, President, Hillcrest Advisory

Andy Krackov

Andy Krackov’s career has focused on the intersection of data and community-level action. His consultancy, Hillcrest Advisory, works with social sector organizations on the front lines of local change to help them communicate numbers effectively and tell stories with data, in order to transform facts into impact.

The bulk of Andy’s data storytelling experience is in California, where he managed statewide data projects for two foundations. At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Andy helped launch and manage that foundation’s kidsdata.org initiative, which leverages local data as a tool to bring attention to children’s issues across California. At the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Andy partnered with the State of California to build a nation-leading open data program to publish, and encourage use of, the valuable health data the state provides. At CHCF, Andy also managed an initiative that funded new methods for county health departments to effectively communicate their data locally and oversaw the foundation’s work to put data about the quality of hospitals and nursing homes in the hands of health care consumers.

Through his consultancy, Hillcrest Advisory, Andy helps his clients focus on the actions that audiences want to take with data, based on his in-the-trenches experience working with local health departments, foundations, service providers and universities. Hillcrest Advisory ensures organizations craft cogent and compelling data stories that are aligned with outcomes; advises on strategies to best leverage data for impact; and trains organizations who want to improve their capacity to communicate with numbers.

Prior to establishing Hillcrest Advisory, Andy also was vice president for data strategy at the digital agency Velir, where he worked on data projects with AARP, Yale University, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and others doing local, national, and international work to disseminate data. Andy also served as Vice President for Partnerships and Strategy at the data storytelling startup, LiveStories.

His first professional experience – and his abiding passion – is journalism: Andy was a researcher and a reporter at U.S. News & World Report and the Chronicle of Higher Education. After receiving his master’s degree in communication theory from Stanford, he managed Stanford’s web presence for five years as the university’s web managing editor.

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  • Thanks to those who participated in the webinar I guided on Friday, Jan. 31, and I appreciate Daniel, Sondes, and others at NIC/Stewards of Change for carving out time for this discussion. 

    Here are some follow-up resources that I thought could be useful to folks: 



    • A seven-part video series on lessons learned in communicating data for impact that covers what is data storytelling; designing data presentations for face-to-face outreach; how to make data visualizations relatable to your audiences, and other topics.




    And if anyone has any other resources to share, I'd love to see them. And, of course, if anyone has any follow up thoughts, questions, or even pushback on the ideas that I shared during the webinar, please feel free to reach out to me or to add a comment here.

    Why We Need Less Data and More Story in the Evidence We Present | AcademyHealth
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