One of the defining features of the twenty-first century has been the explosion of data. Information is everywhere.
In response, statisticians, managers and data junkies have looked for new tools and approaches to make sense of this data, ways of presenting data in coherent and appealing ways. What has developed is a new science (or art) known as information graphics or ‘infographics’.
Anyone interested in this phenomenon should look at the increasing number of sites on the internet showing off these new ways of presenting data. I recommend three great places to look – see here, here and here.
As we gather more data on children’s well-being, we hope to use some of these techniques. In the meantime, below is a different way of presenting the data familiar to all subscribers of the Well-being Measure using a star chart – a very simple method but the start of thinking about how you might display your results differently.
On the star chart, the lines represent the well-being of young people at two points in time. The gap between the line shows the change that has occurred.