Vermont Insights eNews, May 2016, Issue 3
VI’s Data Profiles are built to tell data stories
by Gary Bisaga, Vermont Insights Technical Advisor
Data profiles are a new feature of Vermont Insights that allow stakeholders to build stories around data. All reports in Vermont Insights V2.0 have a common front-end technology resulting in a consistent user experience for charts, tables, and maps.
Data profiles take advantage of that common front-end format to allow reuse of those report presentations in combination with other report presentations. Also, narratives explaining the data can be added to bring out unexpected relationships between the data or ways the data impact stakeholders.
This narrative can even be targeted toward particular constituencies so that two groups of stakeholders can view the same set of data, but with different narratives tailored to each of them, making the data relevant to their situation.
You can see an example of tailored narratives by going to vermontinsights.org, clicking Profiles > Head Start Community Assessment, and then choosing a single profile such as “SEVCA/Windsor County Head Start (Community Data Profile).” This will display narrative text customized for parties interested in the story behind the Windsor County Head Start.
Under development is an exciting new feature: self-service data profiles. This feature will allow data profiles to be built easily from reports by authorized users. For most reports, it will require no programming to build a data profile. Just select reports of interest, add meaningful narrative and you have a compelling data story ready to show stakeholders.