The Data Viz Hub is the home for the Data Visualization for Development community to share resources and ideas to improve how we use data visualization in international development and social good projects around the world.
Connecting data viz enthusiasts
Because there is power in communities
From the blog to the listserv, we aim to create a space for data viz enthusiasts to connect and share.
Sharing resources on viz design
To design visualizations that create changes
The web is teeming with data viz design tools, blogs, and recommendations, but sometimes you want to hear from someone who has used the tool (particularly in a low resource setting). We seek to share real-world experiences so our community can make informed decisions around the tools and approaches they use.
Buzzing about new ideas
To inspire new innovations in how we share information
Some of the best innovations and creative thinking come out of resource constrained environments. We want to share ideas from the best and the brightest in the development community, with an emphasis on hearing from our colleagues working in the field, not just HQ.
To stay connected with our community of data viz enthusiasts, join the Data Viz for Development community.
Development workers share unique challenges when creating visualizations, from internet bandwidth for interacting with dashboards in low resource settings to tailoring graphs and charts for use by populations with limited numeric literacy.
Our community was conceived by an evaluator and communicator who realized there wasn’t a group that brought international development experts from their different domains together in a meaningful way to talk about and share resources on how to translate data tables into intriguing, useful visualizations.
Today, our community has more than 870 data viz enthusiasts from 60+ countries around the world.
Talking about tools, ideas, resources, and questions about data visualization for a global audience.
An incomplete list of favorite tools and resources, particularly if you're just starting to build your data visualization skills. Each of these sites, books, or tools is a recognized go-to in this community. This list is a great place to start for ideas and inspiration, but there are hundreds of other great resources out there.
If you have an awesome recommendation to add, email us!
Building your skills
Recommended reading to learn about visualization design
Better Presentations // Jon Schwabish
Data + Design (free ebook) // Various authors
Good Charts // Harvard Business Review
The Truthful Art // Alberto Cairo
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics // Donna Wong
Design tools for basic visualizations, social share graphics, dashboards and more
Talk to Us
Have a great example of a visual report, infographic, dashboard, or other visual product from your global health or development project? A question you want to pose to the community? We'd love your contributions!
Amanda Makulec, MPH
Amanda is passionate finding creative ways to help teams use data for social good. She is the community manager for the Hub, and was one of the three co-founders of the Data Viz for Development community. Currently, Amanda works at John Snow Inc. as a Visual Analytics Advisor & Team Lead, and has led data visualization design projects and workshops in more than a dozen countries.