Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Choosing the right chart to show your project progress and performance

Essential to any improvement project and spread / adoption campaign is a system to measure progress. An Excel produced bar or line chart on the regulation maroon and blue is suggestive of either a lazy monitoring process or one which is not turning data into useful information.

In large programs fundholders often like to see comparisons between one sub-project or site and another. Or maybe you are interested in how the results are stacking up as a whole; for example, are all the sites adopting all the elements of the new project? Do you know the best way to show a trend of your data? What about relationships between different data?

A favourite place to download Excel templates for your charting needs can be found at the Chart Chooser. Best of all, you can work out which template best suits your needs using their diagnostic process.

Do you have any templates for charts used to monitor the spread / adoption process or project improvement that you would like to share? Leave your comments below.

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