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Friends, Colleagues: Hillcrest Advisory is launching this quarterly email newsletter to help your organization use data as a tool to achieve outcomes.
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Data Visualizations from Which We Can Learn


How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown?
Published by The New York Times, using data from the Climate Impact Lab
Personalizing data to your locale and birth year, as this visualization does, helps prime the reader to pay attention.

Goalkeepers: Examining Inequality
Published by The Gates Foundation
The photos are poignant, but the hand-drawn data illustrations sprinkled throughout draws in the reader. They are an eye-catching and refreshing way to explain the content. 

Drowning in Plastic
Published by Reuters
It's so good to see data visuals that make abstract data points relatable – in this case, by comparing the number of plastic bottles to the size of well-known landmarks.

Boards Around the World
Published by Spencer Stuart, in partnership with the digital agency, Velir.
Hillcrest Advisory helped develop the product road map to visualize these fascinating data on national differences in corporate boards. The aim was to create a visual experience that’s easy-to-follow, yet engaging.

Data Postcards (one example among many)
Published by Coalitions in the California Opioid Safety Network’s Accelerator Program
Hillcrest Advisory coached these community coalitions on data storytelling. They created half-page data postcards, recognizing that "old-fashioned" printed handouts can be an effective way to reach people in local communities. 

Resources to Support Your Work 


They Draw It
In 2017, the New York Times launched a wonderfully addictive data game to guess trends on important social issues. Now you can create your own "data game" through this new Northwestern University tool.

A Data Walk
Here’s a tactic you can try out: Create a physical gallery of data findings with which people can interact, collaborate, and answer questions. See more info.

Spotlight on Data Tools
If you’re in California, take note of the revamped Healthy Places Index, the Strong Start Index, and the Bay Area Equity Atlas. And LiveStories just launched this data compendium on all things immigration; it provides data for communities across the U.S.

A Catalog of Data Resources that Provide Local Data
Hillcrest Advisory compiled this inventory for a client project. The focus of the roughly 60 tools is California, but there are dozens of resources on this list that offer data for communities across the nation, too.

How to Transform Data into Impact

Hillcrest Advisory is on a journey with clients to ensure they achieve the impact they’re after with data. Here are some recent musings and information related to this topic: 

The Data-to-Results Institute
Hillcrest Advisory is establishing a data training academy to build up organizational capacity to communicate with data, in order to ensure the social sector can achieve its goals. Topics include data visualization, data storytelling, lessons learned in communicating data locally, and how to build data products that integrate audience use cases. Contact Andy Krackov for more details.

Lessons Learned in Communicating with Data
This is a quick recap of some lessons Hillcrest Advisory has learned from in-the-trenches work to get data leveraged. It’s based on a presentation that Hillcrest Advisory can share with your organization.

Why Do I Feel Like I’m Still Waiting for Data to Come to Our Rescue?
Some responses to this question: Why if there’s so much more data are we not getting significantly better at leveraging numbers to solve pressing social problems?
About Hillcrest Advisory
Hillcrest Advisory helps ensure social sector organizations and governments can achieve organizational goals by communicating data effectively.

Hillcrest Advisory helps organizations craft compelling data stories that are aligned with outcomes; advises on strategies they can pursue to best leverage data for impact; and trains organizations to improve their capacity to communicate in cogent and engaging ways with numbers.

Through its work, Hillcrest Advisory enables organizations to put their issues on the public agenda; educate key constituents; inspire audiences to take a stand (e.g. join a cause or donate); and strengthen community collaboration.

Do you have a project where you want to puzzle through ideas for how to make data impactful? Reach out to to brainstorm possibilities.
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