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Friday, September 6 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Secret Life of Dashboards: How to Transform Your Data into Dashboards That Can Promote Data-Driven Decision-Making

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If you are attending this session please prepare your computers before this session and ensure you have the following applications installed:

Tableau (free trial)
Power BI (free)
Google Account

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MERL practitioners live in a world of an over-abundance of information and are expected to be knowledge brokers between data producers and data consumers. This two-hour hands-on workshop will give participants the ability to walk through the data lifecycle and build informative dashboards using readily-available tools that turn information into insights in order to drive data-driven decision-making.
In this hands-on workshop, facilitators will walk through each phase of the data lifecycle and demonstrate tools, techniques, best practices, and lessons learned working with NGOs, federal government clients, and local organizations.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to plan for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and distill and disseminate findings through an interactive or static dashboard. Participants will be able to describe and use readily-available tools including (but not limited to): Excel, Power BI, QGIS, Tableau, and GitHub.

Participants are expected to bring their own computers and follow along with the facilitators. Participants will also be asked to present their dashboard and describe their experience using the tools.


Megan Philbin

Director, Guidehouse
Megan Philbin is a Director at Guidehouse with more than a decade of experience in leading, coordinating, and delivering utilization-focused evaluations and assessments for a variety of United States government agencies and other public and private sector clients. She currently leads... Read More →

Suzannah Dunbar

Senior Associate Consultant, Guidehouse
Suzannah Dunbar is a Senior Associate Consultant with more than five years of experience supporting the United States government in creating, implementing, and improving monitoring and evaluation strategies. Currently, Ms. Dunbar supports multiple engagements with the Department of... Read More →

Tony Tseng

MERL Tech Officer, Project Concern International
Tony Tseng is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Technology Officer at Project Concern International (PCI). He currently supports PCI’s use of mobile technology in monitoring and evaluation and is actively involved in the deployment of technology across the... Read More →

Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Academy Hall B FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC