Key Questions to Produce Effective Data Visualizations (Webcast Recording)

Digital Recording – 60 minute recording


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As a steward of data at your institution, you must interface with a variety of end-users, each of whom has unique goals, responsibilities, and needs. These variables impact how they will use and make decisions with the data visualizations you provide. The conversations you have early on with these stakeholders are critical in ensuring you can deliver data to them in the most relevant, impactful way. This webcast will provide an overview of how to frame conversations and ask better questions on the front-end to produce better results.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for enrollment data analysts, institutional research professionals, and other individuals who work on the front-end of enrollment data collection and analysis to create data visualizations for various institutional decision-makers. The webcast will be presented in a way that is applicable no matter what data visualization platform you use.


Our expert instructors, Doug Anderson and Bridgett Milner, will outline three sample conversations with individuals requesting data visualizations. Each conversation will differ based on the end-users’:

  • Role and institutional context;
  • Preferences for consuming the data;
  • And decisions that will be informed by the data.

Throughout the webcast, our expert instructors will provide you with techniques that will help you to provide clear and consistent data visualizations to all of your stakeholders.


Doug Anderson, Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Indiana University Bloomington
Doug joined the IU Enrollment Management team in 2000. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah and the state of Washington, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, followed by his master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin, all in sociology. His academic focus on sociology of education, research methods, and statistics was excellent preparation for his present position. When he isn’t crunching numbers, he can be found hiking in the woods or enjoying local theatre and music with his artsy wife Hilary.

Bridgett Milner, Senior Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Indiana University Bloomington

Bridgett earned her PhD in psychology from IU Bloomington in 2007 and has been working as a researcher and analyst ever since.  Her experience includes a background in teaching and research related to individual differences and decision making. These experiences prepared her well for her current role which requires both statistical projections of decision making behaviors and the ability to communicate those predictive models in meaningful ways to inform decision makers. She joined IU Enrollment Management’s Strategic Planning and Research team as the Senior Associate Director in 2013.