Data versus Information

If you write a report, it is completely data, until someone responds -takes action- to one or more of the items in the report. Those parts than become INFORMATION.

Information is data that is being responded to.

The challenge now is to create reports that invite to fully respond to.

  • Try to eliminate all redundant parts (the data, the parts that are not being responded to).
  • Transform the report in a way that the data you present invites to respond to.
  • What does the user need?

I suggest to start interviewing the user of the report (or form or whatever it is you produce). Ask what he or she needs and specially in what form. Many times the same numbers presented in a different way change the behavior of the reader and thus make him or her respond!


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