Jill Zimmerman, Vice President of Development, Greater Chicago Food Depository: Amelia facilitated a two-hour workshop on improving the data visualization user experience for staff from various departments within the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We use data everyday and find great value in the application to our work. Amelia helped us understand and chart a path to more effective data use through data visualization. Her workshop was both informative and engaging. Our staff loved it. I highly recommend Amelia to other organizations looking to up their data viz game.
Chantal Healey, Executive Director, Open Studio Project: I was blown away by the first bar chart that Amelia created from our data. It identified the impact immediately to our viewers and profoundly moved our funders. Amelia listened closely to our concerns and created data visualizations that clarified our impact to our staff, board members, and funders. She was also very responsive and on time! I highly recommend Data Viz for Nonprofits.
Rebecca Cacayuran, Program Officer, Evanston Community Foundation: I highly recommend Amelia Kohm of Data Viz for Nonprofits. She skillfully led an incredibly engaging data visualization workshop for our group of over 40 nonprofit leaders. Both the board and staff participants found the presentation and exercises engaging and immediately applicable to their work. Evaluations of the workshop were extremely positive: “The light bulb was lit during this presentation,” wrote one participant, “I now have a clearer plan on how to present data.” Others commented: “As someone who loves data, I still learned something and really enjoyed it!” and “I now have many ideas to consider moving forward.” I enjoyed working with Amelia. She was prompt, responsive, and open to tailoring the workshop to our needs.
Janaya Crevier, Data Analyst, MAPSCorps: Even with our short timeline, Data Viz for Nonprofits provided a well-organized, thorough and engaging workshop for our fall 2018 data internship program with 8 youth. Amelia not only adjusted the workshop to make it particularly well-suited for young people, but also made planning a breeze by providing timely information on scheduling and everything else necessary to make the workshop a success. Thanks to DVN, our youth now have an excellent toolkit of data viz best practices in their back pocket.
Linda Henke, Ph.D., Executive Director, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership: Amelia helped us make sense of survey data we collected as part of our efforts to transform two public school districts. Her visualizations allowed us to see the data from several different perspectives: that of teachers, principals, whole schools, and whole school districts. The results showed that while teachers and principals were on board with our theory of transformation, they rarely were putting transformative strategies into practice. This understanding helped to focus our plan for supporting the schools. Amelia was insightful and conscientious in her work for us. She would be a great asset to any initiative striving to use data to make significant change.
Tenisha Jones, Director of Education, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation: I have worked with Amelia for many years. Currently she is helping us to gather and present data on a community-based educational initiative involving five public elementary schools and a wide range of other partner organizations. Amelia has been invaluable in helping us to determine what data we need, how to collect and store it, and how to feed it back to our partners in the most effective ways possible. Amelia has created a particular type of interactive data dashboard called a "living logic model" that allows us to see our progress in real time, quickly identify challenges and strengths, and hold all our partners accountable. Amelia is always smart, responsive, thoughtful, and prompt. I highly recommend Amelia to any organization working with data, and that's pretty much ALL organizations.
Adrian Soto, Chief Strategy Officer, Esperanza Health Centers: “Amelia worked with our health center as a data and business dashboard consultant. Amelia’s advice as a subject matter expert allowed our organization to better understand how to maximize the use of our data to make better decisions. Her eye for detail helped us to create a dashboard template that included our key performance indicators. We can assure you that if you hire Amelia as a business consultant, she will bring professionalism, enthusiasm, and great ideas to the table. Amelia is dedicated to assisting her clients solve problems by maximizing its existing data to create useful visualizations and dashboards.”
Steven Shewfelt, Director of Data & Research, Ingenuity: “Amelia was wonderful to work with. She created interactive visualizations that have helped us reflect on our role in arts education in Chicago. She listened carefully and offered approaches that were flexible, visually appealing, and that generated important, actionable insights.”