Later this spring I will be speaking at an event for institutional researchers called the AIR Forum ("AIR" is the Association for Institutional Research). In speaking with the organizers, I've learned that the audience is very data-oriented and sometimes find it difficult to make their findings understandable to others. It will be my challenge to help them become better explainers.
In preparation for the event, I wrote an article that was recently published in their newsletter that focuses on antidotes for information overload.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:
On the diminishing returns of more data:
On the imprecise, but effective nature of analogies:
Read the entire article here.
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