Data Visualization Toolkit: Infographics Data Considerations

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Infographics quickly tell a story using data to a wide variety of audiences. This is information presented with context, intended to clarify not only what the data mean, but how they are relevant to the viewer.

Infographics Data Considerations

Geographic Differences

Infographics that include maps can be used to compare data across locations. This infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers data from our 2015 state survey on linking data. The combined use of a map and different colors illustrates geographic differences in which states are linking early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) data, what proportion of states use the same unique child ID for both EI and ECSE programs, and how EI and ECSE programs are sharing data. See the linking data infographic.

Figure 3: Geographic differences


Consider a timeline infographic to show change over time or a flow of activities. Colorado’s infographic outlines its project timeline for SSIP implementation, particularly related to use of the Quality IFSP and Outcomes (QIO) Assessment Tool to rate the quality of IFSPs. The tool is used at the local level for self-assessment by supervisors and managers. The state completes verifications on a sample of the self-assessment IFSPs. All 10 steps on this timeline represent progress toward achieving the state’s short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes. The full infographic is available at Venngage

Figure 4: Timeline


Infographics can display different types of services or activities in lists (Figure 5).

Figure 5: List format

Process or Steps

Infographics can show the flow of information or steps in a process. This infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data work lists some important steps for states to consider when linking data between EI and ECSE. It can be a useful tool to share when approaching conversations with data partners about linking. See the linking early childhood data infographic.

Figure 6: Infographic showing steps

Colorado uses a process infographic to display the activities it has engaged in during each phase of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). Colorado used a flowchart to illustrate the steps of implementation science. Colorado’s full SSIP Infographic is available on Venngage.

Figure 7: Infographic with list and processes


Metaphors can help viewers understand complex data. This infographic by United Way of York County illustrates the importance of reading aloud to young children to build literacy skills, encourage language development, and strengthen social emotional relationships. Each story of the house represents another layer of information that builds on the other.

Figure 8: Metaphors