I love connecting people with one another. We all have different skills and loves, and the more we can connect quality people with one another, the better the world will be.

The following is a list of people I’ve featured as part of “Follow Friday” over on LinkedIn.

People Guide

(click to know more about them)

Sarah Williams Leng – building stable foundations for evaluation
Becky Garrow – public health data collection
Sheila B. Robinson – survey design and audience engagement
Ama Nyame-Mensah – data visualization and communication
Nick Visscher – data presentation design with powerpoint
Elizabeth Sweitzer – evaluation of international development programs
Stephanie Evergreen – the best data visualizer and teacher
Alicia Lynch – a youth development data geek with heart
Elizabeth Grim – uses fun and creativity to address data challenges


Sarah Williams Leng

Sarah helps organizations build stable and sustainable foundations for effective program monitoring and evaluation. She does this by helping organizations collect, store, and analyze data with great systems that make evaluations easier.

Get to know her by following Sarah Williams Leng Consulting, LLC on LinkedIn and checking her website at SarahWilliamsLengConsulting.com.

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Becky Garrow

Becky is an evaluation consultant focusing on public health research. If you’ve met her in person or online you’ll know she’s very entertaining and forthright.

Becky finds joy in focus groups, surveys and all types of data collection and despairs when confronted with red tape, excessively long meetings, and complexity for the sake of complexity. I think we can all relate with this.

Get to know Becky by following Garrow Consulting, Inc. on LinkedIn and checking her website at GarrowConsulting.com.

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Sheila B. Robinson

Sheila is involved in SO much, but the one thing you need to know about her is that she’s an amazing teacher who is genuinely invested in and cares about her workshop participants’ learning and success. She runs workshops in survey design, evaluation 101 (teaching evaluation to non-evaluators), learning strategies as well as how to engage an audience!

Sheila writes a newsletter about all of these things. Check it out on her website: https://www.sheilabrobinson.com

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Ama Nyame-Mensah

I met Ama through us both being coaches in Stephanie Evergreen‘s Data Visualization Certification Program.

She rocks out with R (and Excel! and Tableau!) and she’s known for her ability to simplify complex data concepts and really cares about how effectively organizations communicate with data.

She designs data experiences that are accessible and actionable (and therefore awesome).

Follow Ama on LinkedIn and check out her website at https://www.anyamemensah.com/.

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Nick Visscher

Nick owns Spotlight Impact Data Design, and helps organizations communicate their data stories through designing data visualizations, reports, and presentations. He’s worked for a variety of cultural organizations like museums, zoos, and aquariums as well as higher education.

His YouTube channel, Spotlight Impact Data Design, is one of my FAVE YouTube channels. It’s full of cool tips about how to make amazing powerpoint slides and other cool visual data products.

Nick is excellent at teaching people how to Powerpoint. His videos are easy to follow, explained well, and makes everything a breeze. One of his videos taught me a cool powerpoint trick that helps me build the graphics for these Follow Friday posts!

Follow Nick and check out him out on YouTube:
Spotlight Impact Data Design

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Elizabeth Sweitzer

I met Elizabeth through a fun #evaluation social group that meets every 2 months here in Toronto. In fact, Elizabeth plans and organizes us all to make this group happen.

Elizabeth loves figuring out how to measure and manage performance in international and sustainable development programs. She has expertise in evaluation programs related to climate change, sustainable energy, agriculture and natural resources.

Oh yeah, she also leads courses about monitoring & evaluation, data analysis, and ethical considerations in evaluations.

Elizabeth is awesome. Go follow her.

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Stephanie Evergreen

I randomly attended a data visualization talk by Dr Stephanie Evergreen at a conference 11 years ago and discovered not only a great teacher with an awesome brain, but someone who could distill into simple language why some graphs are amazing and some suck.

Stephanie runs the Evergreen Data Viz Academy and it only opens up twice a year for new members. If you care about communicating data effectively, this is the best money you or your company will ever spend.

The Academy has hundreds of tutorials about how to use Excel, Tableau, Power BI, R and even Google Sheets to make amazing visuals that people love. Stephanie holds Office Hours monthly too, where you can give her your data viz challenges and she solves them on a big fun caring zoom call for all Academy members to watch (and provide input on).

Follow Stephanie Evergreen and check out her Academy.

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Alicia Lynch

Alicia Lynch is the founder of Lynch Research Associates, which focuses on Youth Development Research and Evaluation services, and I love seeing the phrase “data geeks with heart” on their website.

Alicia believes every child deserves access to opportunities to allow them to lead a happy and fulfilling life, so she loves helping organizations understand how to promote well-being and create programming help young people thrive.

One of the many reasons I love following Alicia is that all her posts have a little fun story to them that helps communicate what she’s posting about. A great example is how her son leaving wet towels on the floor *outside* the bathroom was merely one data point of a much larger story and context.

Follow Alicia on LinkedIn and check out Lynch Research Associates.

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Elizabeth Grim

Back in the early 2010’s I worked in an Evaluation department, and followed a few Evaluation people on twitter, including Elizabeth. While I didn’t meet her in person until last year, she’s been in my feeds for like a decade!

Elizabeth loves helping organizations figure out their data puzzles to make evaluating their programs and processes fun and actionable. Through her consulting company ( https://elizabethgrim.com ) Elizabeth ensures organizations ask good evaluation questions that result in meaningful measurement and sustainable strategies. She loves challenges, as they often result in creative and novel solutions.

You may also want to follow Elizabeth because her feed is fun. She celebrates “EVALentines Day” every February, and recently had a surprisingly fun “Guess how many sticky notes my workshop participants will use” game. (I did not win).

Follow Elizabeth Grim and check out Elizabeth Grim Consulting:

https://elizabethgrim.com/

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