Using Data to Tell a Story: Tailoring a Data Story for Different Audiences

Explore this tip sheet to learn what building a data story is all about. Data stories can bring numbers and figures to life. They can convey important information to different audiences in a way that promotes listening, understanding, discussion, and decision-making. Find guidance on how to identify your audience and what information they need. Learn how to effectively tell the story of your data in a way that is appealing and easily accessible to your audience. 

Using a Data Narrative to Tell a Story

In this tip sheet, learn about how to develop a data narrative. It is a summary of a set of data that draws conclusions and makes comparisons to explain the meaning of data in detail. Data narratives are helpful when the goal is to clearly and accurately present data that may otherwise be confusing. This tip sheet includes example data and associated narrative. It also provides tips for deciding what to include in your narrative and links to helpful resources.

Using and Sharing Data

These tip sheets offer common uses of education data in Head Start and Early Head Start. Learn ways to use and share data to tell a program’s story.

Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation

These are tools for learning about a child. They provide information about each child's interests, strengths, and needs. Screening gives a picture of whether the child's development is on track. Assessment is an ongoing process which provides information about development over time. Observation, watching a child in order to learn about her, is a part of assessment. When there is a concern about a child's development, early intervention providers do an evaluation.

Children with Disabilities

Watch this 15-Minutes In Service Suite video, which describes how to use ongoing assessment data when teaching children with disabilities.