AEA offers online training in several different formats: 6 hour eStudies, 3 hour eStudies, and our new series of 1 hour Lunch Breaks. Both 3 and 6 hour eStudies are taught in multiple 90 minute sessions. All our eLearning is offered via a webinar based platform that gives participants the opportunity to interact with instructors and receive feedback. Our experienced, passionate faculty provide an easily accessible way to improve your evaluation skills in a wide variety of areas. 

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  • Lunch Hour 01: Introduction to Academic Journal Writing


eStudy 81: Dashboard Design 

Dates: Tuesday August 1st and Thursday August 3rd, 2017 from 2-3:30 pm Eastern

Length: 3 total contact hours 

Description: Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? During this three-hour workshop, we’ll cover data visualization design principles (30-minute review); page layouts (15 minutes); dashboard design (15 minutes); and dashboard creation (two hours).

First, we’ll review the best-bang-for-your-buck data visualization design principles. This workshop is geared towards evaluators who have already been thinking about data visualization. You’ve probably heard of techniques like direct labeling so we won’t spend much time here.

Second, once you’ve designed one great graph, it’s time to combine multiple graphs together for your report, slideshow, or handout. The key page layout techniques include designing within a grid system; sketching layouts on paper; ensuring that there is adequate white space between chunks of content; and establishing a visual hierarchy within individual graphs and for the publication as a whole. You’ll view my real-life examples so that you can see how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting.

Third, you’ll learn the major dashboard types: comparing categories; comparing categories over time; tracking progress towards goals; tracking progress towards goals over time; a series of matching dashboards; or a combination of any of these types. I’ll share my nine sample dashboards with you and you’ll vote on which two or three styles you’d like to create from scratch in Excel.

We’ll be designing static dashboards within Excel. These dashboards will live inside of Excel and get shared with stakeholders as PDFs through email or as printed handouts during meetings. I no longer teach anyone how to create interactive dashboards in Excel because they simply don’t get used as often as static dashboards. Life’s short and I’m only going to teach you about visualizations that make a difference.

View a sample dashboard at www.annkemery.com/revenue-and-expenses.

About Ann Emery: Nothing bothers me more than information that sits in spreadsheets: unused, dusty, forgotten about. Early on, word spread that I could transform technical research findings into simple visuals. I was asked to share my skills. I led brown bags. I taught others over coffee (and beer). I blogged. I created video tutorials. Just for fun. In my spare time. I tried to quench the demand; the demand intensified. It was quickly apparent that people like me quit their salaried jobs and start their own company, so that’s what I did. Now I share my skills through dozens of speaking engagements for thousands of people each year. Your research deserves to be out in the world: utilized, actionable, talked about.

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Lunch Hour 01: Introduction to Academic Journal Writing
Rachael Lawrence, Managing Editor, AJE; Todd Franke, Co Editor-In-Chief, NDE; Leslie Fierro, Co Editor-In-Chief, NDE

Dates: Thursday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Early career evaluators and academics are faced with the “publish or perish” reality. No longer limited to those with academic appointments, more evaluation shops expect a record of academic publishing than in the past. This daunting prospect may feel like a great risk. If you find yourself in this position, this Lunch Hour is for you! Communicating your ideas through scholarly writing is one of the key ways you can help the field of evaluation advance. This webinar series will provide you the tools you need to begin your journey as an author for academic evaluation journals.


eStudy with 3 Contact Hours Total
eStudy with 6 Contact Hours Total
One Year of AEA E-Membership



Hourly Rate*
$35 $15
One Year of AEA E-Membership


 *Some lunch hours will include multiple sessions. The price shown here is for a one hour course. Longer courses will be priced accordingly.