• Monitoring Program Capacity

    Posted on November 15, 2016 | by Dana Ansari

    Over the past couple of blog entries, Taj has shared lessons learned about design thinking that you can apply to your work. Taj will be continuing that series soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share a related example of creating a simple, but effective, visualization for a client. Background A local agency wanted to track client capacity on a monthly basis. This agency oversees services to pregnant women across multiple program locations, so tracking such information is necessary not only for their oversight of services, but also for sound management of dollars received from their funder

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  • Visual Reports

    Posted on July 9, 2015 | by Taj Carson

    Several weeks ago, one of our clients came to us with a challenge:** find compelling ways to present 10 years of grantmaking data.** The client wanted us to tell their story and present the data in a way that people at all levels (data nerds and non-data nerds) at their organization could easily understand. I was tasked with analyzing the data and worked closely with the CRC dataviz experts, Taj and Matthew, to come up with the different visuals for the report.

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  • Why the Hell was Taj at a Design Conference and What Did She Learn There?

    Posted on February 19, 2015 | by CRC

    By: Taj Last week I was at the Interaction Design conference. Now, you probably know that evaluation and design dont exactly go hand-in-hand, so I understand if your next thought is a befuddled, Huh? You dont usually find evaluators at a design conference. So, was I just hopping a plane to San Francisco in February because of the awesome weather and the cool town? Well, not exactly, although I have to say those were both nice perks of being there.

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  • CRC's 2014 In Review

    Posted on December 22, 2014 | by CRC

    [caption id=“attachment_1742” align=“aligncenter” width=“600” class=" “] Warm Winter Tidings from all of us at CRC! We’ve had an extraordinarily busy year, and are so pleased to have shared much of it with you! This month, rather than a blog with evaluation-related info and tips, we’re once again ending our work year together by taking looks back and forward. Along with continuing to provide high quality evaluation and data services to clients – both existing and new for 2014 – Carson Research has completed its long-term project of updating our branding and communications so that they better reflect what we do and who we serve.

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  • Secrets from the Data Cave: November 2014

    Posted on November 24, 2014 | by CRC

    by Sarah McCruden Welcome to CRCs monthly series of articles on all things techie: Secrets from the Data Cave! (For those who dont know, the title references our room fondly referred to as the bat cave where data staff can geek out in an isolated setting.) Here well be offering you a fascinating sneak peek into the cave, with the latest updates & tips on what were implementing here at CRC!

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  • EYEO 2014 RECAP

    Posted on June 23, 2014 | by CRC

    by Sheila Matano Last week, I attended the EYEO festival for the first time. EYEO is unique in that it brings together experts from a wide variety of fields (e.g. computer science, engineering, data design, cartography, etc.) to showcase their work. There were a number of great presentations, and below are some of my favorites. Sarah Williams: DigitalMatatus, Visualizing Informality Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys School of Architecture and Planning.

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  • Secrets from the Data Cave: March 2014

    Posted on March 27, 2014 | by CRC

    by Sarah McCruden Welcome to CRCs monthly series of articles on all things techie: Secrets from the Data Cave! (For those who dont know, the title references our room fondly referred to as the bat cave where data staff can geek out in an isolated setting.) Here well be offering you a fascinating sneak peek into the cave, with the latest updates & tips on what were implementing here at CRC!

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  • It’s not another cat video but it’s just as cool – check out the new CRC Website

    Posted on March 7, 2014 | by Taj Carson

    The completely revamped Carson Research Consulting web site showcases the talents and experiences of the CRC team as well as the companys expanded list of services. These offerings go beyond traditional research and evaluation services to include database wrangling and data visualization. Services are managed and delivered by experienced data and technology nerds, researchers and evaluators. The groups strong work ethic and resourceful detective skills allow them to collect, organize, analyze and report on the data their clients need to explore, explain and improve their programs.

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