The Dashboard Spy

December 18, 2010

Foreign Assistance Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 1:15 am

Dashboard Spy here with a look at the White House’s most recent enterprise dashboard designed to promote more transparency on how the government allocates its funds.

The U.S. government’s Foreign Assistance Dashboard is maintained by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Take a look at this Federal business intelligence dashboard at this link: Click on this image to enlarge the dashboard screenshot:

Foreign Assistance Dashboard

The U.S. Federal Foreign Assistance Dashboard

The administration hopes that the site will help governments receiving funds to better plan and budget, as well enable donors to coordinate and target investments more effectively, according to the post. As with other federal dashboards, the government also hopes the public will hold agencies accountable for the money being spent to ensure it is not used wastefully.

My impression on the dashboard design:

Love the left/right navigation arrows on either side of the main graphic. Combined with the partial view of the dashboard metric “previous” (to the left) and the “next” chart (to the right), these arrows complement the sliding graphics device perfectly.

Tags: U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard, Foreign Assistance Dashboard

Hubert Lee
The Dashboard Spy

December 13, 2010

Data Visualization References

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 1:11 pm

Dashboard designers interested in data visualization must browse the amazing list of data visualization references at the Chris Maven blog.

30 minutes spent browsing through the incredibly imaginative world of data depiction gives you a huge degree of respect for the visual arts and the way data can come alive before our eyes.

Here are some favorite blogs on data visualization:

Blog about Stats

Charts & Graphs

Economics – Gallery

Infographics – Making Sense of This Financial Mess!

everything is connected to everything else

Some of this work is simply stunning. In fact, you’ll see clearly that information visualizations are simply too “big” to put on a dashboard. Dashboards have charts and graphs. These infoviz artifacts go way beyond that. They are “dashboards” unto themselves.

Hubert Lee

The Dashboard Spy

December 8, 2010

Excel Dashboard Tutorial

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 4:37 pm

Microsoft Excel (particularly Excel 2010 with it’s data visualization functionality) continues to be a strong choice for business intelligence dashboards – particularly for those without access to a team of developers and database programmers.

in this hour long Excel Dashboard Tutorial, you can watch a real-life excel dashboard being designed and constructed.

Here’s what the excel dashboard looks like:
Excel dashboard

Anyone who uses excel and would like to see what kind of dashboard can be created in excel should watch this video lesson. Taught by veteran dashboard expert and excel guru, Chandoo, this tutorial is 65 minutes long and includes:

  • Dashboard Design Principles
  • Dashboard Architecture Considerations
  • Data Cleansing
  • Pivot Table Techniques
  • Excel Word Clouds

This Excel Dashboard Tutorial is highly recommended to Dashboard Spy readers.

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