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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Prof Jim Ridgway

Sutherland, S., Hedger, S., Ireland, M. & Ridgway, J. (2015), Designing Interactive Displays to Promote Effective use of Evidence, in Sorto, M.A. eds, IASE Satellite Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), Rio de Janeiro.

Author(s) from Durham


Interactive displays are increasing being used to convey information, and are a significant factor
in promoting statistical literacy (and illiteracy). Durham University and the House of Commons
Library are collaborating to create data visualisations (DV) which will be accessible to politicians,
researchers and journalists. The focus of this paper is a DV designed to be useful in the run-up to
the 2015 general election. The aim was to assemble a rich resource from multiple sources, and to
make it easy for target groups to manipulate data and draw conclusions. We identify important
changes to the DV as it evolved over 13 iterations, and draw conclusions about appropriate design
processes and validation.


In M.A. Sorto (Ed.), Advances in statistics education: developments, experiences and assessments.
Proceedings of the Satellite conference of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE),
July 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.