Mid-America and Midwestern Intergovernmental Audit Forums' Joint Meeting

Overland Park, Kansas
Thursday, December 06, 2018


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FiveThirtyEight - Great for learning data storytelling.
The Upshot -  The New York Times - Great for learning data storytelling.
FLOWINGDATA - General blog on data visualization.
visualising data - Andy Kirk's website on visualizing data.  Points out a lot of best practices and is a great resource.


"Storytelling with Data:  A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals" by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic - Covers just about everything you need to know for data visualization and does it in Microsoft Excel.  Don't get the ebook version.

"Better Presentations:  A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks" - This book is a quick read on improving your presentations.  I liked it a lot.  Don/t get the ebook version.

"The Signal and the Noise:  Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't" by Nate Silver - This book helped me become a better data analyst by improving my ability to find the story in the data.  Ebook version is probably okay.

"Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman. This is the most informative book I've ever read, but it's not about data visualization.  The book will help you understand how people make decisions.  By knowing this, you can avoid common pitfalls in your own analysis and help others see things more clearly.  Should be required reading for anyone anywhere near policy/analysis fields.  Ebook version is okay.

Checkout the City of Kansas City, MO's Data Blog - Chartland for innovative stories from the city’s data.


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