The folks who make up the 211 Tableau User Groups around the world know the value of communities working together to help each other. So when we teamed up with the Tableau Foundation on the latest User Group Viz Contest, we put that idea at the heart of the competition.
For the latest edition, we focused on a data set that sat at the heart of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched by the White House in 2014 to “expand opportunities for boys and young men of color from cradle to career.”
“That’s what My Brother’s Keeper is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works—when it works—in those critical life-changing moments,” President Barack Obama said back in 2014.
From the outset, data has been part of the MBK plan. The art, however, is in working to identify the goals in which the entire community is invested. When the whole community buys into the outcomes, everyone has a shared language and understanding for working together.
The MBK Task Force recommended a focus on critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color and their peers. Following this, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics created an initial snapshot of young people’s well-being across health, nutrition, poverty, education, economic opportunity, and other domains.
For the viz contest, the data focused on educational attainment and career earnings segmented by race and gender. From there, the User Groups were encouraged to incorporate other data sources from the library.
The User Groups spent the month of December working on their submissions. Winners would not only earn bragging rights but also a chance to make a difference: the Tableau Foundation would make donations to the top three winners’ charities of choices.
And the winners are…
When it came time for judging, we focused on both the clarity and quality of the viz, but also the applicability of the insights to MBK’s core mission. Without further ado, here are the winners.
Third Place: Atlanta User Group
We really liked how the left side of this viz tackled the intersection of race and gender. The side-by-side bar and line charts clearly connect the two dynamics.
The dashboard also does a terrific job of using annotations to call out specific insights, such as the volatility in earnings for high school dropouts relative to overall GDP growth. The User Group not only called out the individual statistics but also provided historical context to make it easier for the viewer to quickly understand.