Charts, sample size and labels
You know it’s been an exciting day when you get a post title like the one above and yet, I hope I might be able save my data colleagues some valuable time. Having written (and re-written and updated) my first governors report, I learnt the importance of labels, especially when converting data tables to charts and graphics.Of course, as we know, the cohort sample size is important, so half way through I started to add them directly to the tables and spreadsheets.
These figures were very useful when adding information to charts. Setting the column names with the cohort size presents just a little more information with little effort. At the meeting, this simple addition, proved valuable particularly when reviewing data sets were the cohorts size was small. The visual presentation of children in care, or indeed SEN data, most definitely benefited.
Hardly profound, but true.
Another bonus was that I found that MS WORD had a report template that tracks all the structural components of your report and auto updates your contents table.