A #vizforsocialgood project: impact of a donation
#VizforSocialGood helps mission-driven organizations to promote social good and understand their own data through beautiful and informative data visualization; visualizations made by volunteers, like me.
Academics Without Borders’ mission is to help developing countries improve their universities so that they can train their own experts and conduct research to assist in their countries’ development.
I decided to tackle one of the challenges proposed by AWB: Illustrate the actual impact value of a donation.
In the words of AWB:
What struck me most about the previous attempts at visualizing the impact of donations was that I could not easily grasp what was presented. Where are these $ coming from? Is this the same data as what is presented on the left Financials page? It is only through further research and reading that I could understand it.
My approach was thus to try to better explain to the reader what do these numbers mean and how they were obtained. For this, nothing fancy, I chose to write more text. This data storytelling combines data, visuals (a waffle chart shows the percentages of the average total project value), and a narrative. The visualization might be a bit more crowded, but I believe that it is clearer and thus more efficient in explaining to donators or readers the actual impact value of a donation.
The visualization is the size of half a ledger paper, taking the same space as the previous visualizations in the annual reports. The numbers are different than those of the two previous annual reports because they were updated by AWB with data from newly completed projects. Download as PDF