5 Tips for Designing a User Friendly Dashboard

Introduction The discussion on dashboard design often has a strong focus on data visualisation best practice: choosing the most appropriate charts to display information in the most efficient manner possible. Putting the importance of effective data visualisation aside, this post instead highlights the core components of a dashboard and provides 5 simple and effective ways to design impactful reports with a strong focus on end-user engagement. Let’s start with a definition... What is a dashboa ...

5 Considerations When Building Data Visualisations

Introduction Data visualisation can be described as simply displaying information to enhance understanding of a given topic [1]. A large data table is therefore a visualisation, however not a very effective one as it requires a great amount of effort from a user to interpret any trends. This is the crux of data visualisation best practice: presenting information in the most efficient manner possible to ensure users can reach insights with minimal effort. There is a great range of different charts ...

Impacts of Covid-19 on Giving

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Individual Giving Fundraising Sector The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 is a significant world event which has affected giving, but it has also touched upon the lives of every individual on the planet in one way or another. It has changed the way we live our lives, with lockdowns, social distancing, a shift to working from home (for some), not to mention the physical and mental health impacts of the disease. We've seen the ingenuity of organisations rapidly shifting ...

The ABC of data literacy: How intelligent is your business?

Data analytics has become almost fashionable. The image of ‘data guy’ who did something with numbers and presented monthly to jaded middle managers is changing. Intelligently curated data can tell you more about your customers, supporters, and clients than they know about themselves. Data can predict their future behaviour and anticipate their next micro-moment. In effect, data provides us mere mortals with a superpower. Data is the new black Its makeover has been partly due to the big data scand ...

Why you still need to apply your own Human Intelligence to your Artificial Intelligence solutions

Why you still need to apply Human Intelligence to your AI solutions Why you need to apply your own Human Intelligence to your AI solutions? Artificial Intelligence is getting a lot of press lately. From horror scenarios which would rival the Terminator Hollywood movies, through to driverless cars and even through to supporting medical diagnosis.  However as with a lot of things, the hype is driven in a large part by fear. In a world optimised by "clicks" on the internet, it's the sensational, rath ...

What is AI and why do we need it

AI is coming! So what? There’s been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence, recently. With technology advancing rapidly, old roadblocks to development are shifting. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about AI. What is AI? AI is a set of techniques which use computers to replicate processes in the brain. AI algorithms are being developed to hold conversations, control motion, and much more. Now, you wouldn’t give a baby complicated maths questions and expect it to perform as ...