Author: Linda Forrester

Digital Government: Feedback from Canada’s Federal CIOs at this year’s CIO Summit

PrinciplesPhotoLast week we had the pleasure of running a session on the topic of Digital Government at the CIO Summit. In addition to defining why Canada needs a digital strategy, we talked about what needs to change for us to become digital by 2025, who should be involved in developing a digital strategy and what should be our guiding principles.

Before getting into the feedback from the summit participants, I want to reflect on what being truly digital means to Canada. Digital, like electricity before it, has the potential to change the way we run our country and will have an impact on our economy. read more

How to: turn data into visualizations that inform decisions

This is the second blog in a series on data visualization. Read the first blog in the series for an introduction on the subject.

What I’ve found particularly interesting while working with clients to produce data visualizations is the lack of clarity around which information needs to be presented. Many clients have embraced data collection and are making use of the charts feature in Excel to create data visualizations. PowerPoint presentations are ballooning as visualizations are inserted to showcase all of the data being collected and the various explorations of data relationships. Having accessible and reliable data is certainly a necessity, and no small accomplishment, but it doesn’t resolve the issue that at the end of the presentation the viewers are left with unanswered questions. How are we doing? Where should we focus next?

This is an interesting dichotomy. We have a data overload and an information drought. You could say that the expression “data-informed decision” is a misnomer. read more

An intro to data visualization

This is the first in an occasional series on data visualization.

Do you remember learning how to communicate effectively in writing? First you learned the alphabet, next words, then their categories (noun, adjective, etc.) and sentence structure followed. Once you graduated to essays, you learned to develop a thesis, separate thoughts into paragraphs, form conclusions… You get the picture. By contrast, what was your training in visual communication?

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