Alternative ways of presenting your data – Well-being star chart

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.

For more on what results you can expect and how to make sense of them, you can view our guidance or watch Part 3 of our online demo.


About John Copps

John is part of NPC's research and consulting team and is the founder of NPC's Well-being Measure, a social business that provides an online tool to measure young people’s well-being. He has eight years experience of research and consulting, and is passionate about how data can be used to improve the performance of organisations. John is a regular contributor to NPC's blog and has also contributed to pieces for BBC Radio, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. John is a governor of a secondary school.
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