Seven Steps to Creating Better Data Stories

Report by Amanda Gold, Leah Hendey
December 21, 2017

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)
DataSpark RI   (Providence*)

Rigorous data analysis is only one step toward inspiring innovative decisionmaking in policies and programs. Data stories—a series of data visualizations focused on answering a specific question—when undertaken as a collaborative process, can break down institutional silos, build participant expertise, and expand dissemination of the findings. This brief generalizes the lessons learned from DataSpark, a program at the University of Rhode Island, that has developed this collaborative process of producing data stories. The brief is a guide to the seven steps in the data-story process and includes highlights from two of DataSpark’s data stories.

Publisher Info:

Washington, DC: Urban Institute and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership