Story: Data presentation methods: What's most effective?


Team: Needs Assessment
Posted on November 21, 2013


Story: Data presentation methods: What's most effective?

Team: Needs Assessment

Date: This is not a timed event.


Data Presentation for National Prioritization in a Pan-Canadian Study
2013 Undergraduate Summer Student: Annie Pentney, BScN

Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Scott

A link to a visual summary of this project is included in the "Documents, Photo's and Videos" section below.

This project looked at the most effective ways to present the results from survey data collected in our Needs Assessment phase. From 2012-2013, survey data was collected from over 1,750 health professionals regarding clinical information needs and preferences. The results are shared with the Prioritization Committee, a multidisciplinary team tasked with determining knowledge priorities and allocating resources for TREKK's knowledge mobilization efforts. 

Methods: Two methods of presenting the TREKK survey data (traditional bar graphics/tables, and infographics) were produced. An anonymous online survey was conducted with members of the TREKK Prioritization Committee (n=17) to assess their perceptions of the data presentation formats. The online survey assessed the perceived clarity, comprehensibility, and aesthetic appeal of each format. Frequencies and descriptives were completed on the survey data.

Findings: There was a 94% response rate to the survey. 81% of participants preferred the infographic format overall, and infographics were rated higher in all categories (clarity, comprehensibility and aesthetic appeal).

Conclusion: In this project, the infographic format was found to be more effective than the traditional method for presenting feedback data to a multidisciplinary team. 


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  • http://www.echo.ualberta.ca/ECHOResearch/UndergraduateStudentResearch/DataPresentationMethods.aspx