QIP Supports the Design of the ERIC Infographic Who Contributes Content to ERIC?
QIP worked closely with subject matter experts to develop the Education Resources Information Center’s (ERIC) infographic on who contributes content to the ERIC library.
ERIC is a free, searchable online library in the education field sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. This colorful, fall-inspired infographic breaks down the three types of ERIC contributors—journal publishers, grey literature and books sources, and individuals—and provides quick facts on the 48,000 new records that are added each year.
QIP worked closely with subject matter experts to identify relevant content for the infographic. Once the content was identified, QIP worked to distill the information and make it accessible to a lay audience using plain language best practices. The content identified focuses on concise numeric values around the contributors, such as the number of peer-reviewed sources. For example, grey literature and book sources provide over 800 sources that originate from 22 countries.
In conjunction with the content being established, QIP’s team of designers provided several concept choices to make the infographic visually engaging but also easy to skim. Several sketches were created to show the potential ways to organize the content. Eventually, it was decided to use a tree design to organize the content; this was done intentionally to mirror the look of the ERIC logo, which is a green tree with leafy branches. The infographic was designed using a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
With basic content and design in hand, our designers worked closely with the client’s subject matter experts to generate several iterations of the infographic. Several rounds of review occurred, making adjustments to the design of the infographic and the organization of the text. Edits were made to both the text and the design to ensure proper messaging, use of plain language, and a visually appealing final product.
Once the infographic was approved, QIP’s design team made a final high-resolution version of the infographic in JPG and PDF form. The PDF was made 508 compliant (accessible to users with disabilities) using Adobe Acrobat. The infographic was featured on Twitter, where it produced successful engagement with followers.
The ERIC infographic, Who Contributes Content to ERIC, serves as a quick guide for ERIC users who are interested in learning more about who contributes to this widely used online education library. The ultimate goal of this infographic is to provide quick and relevant facts to ERIC users in an organized and visually engaging way.
QIP Supports the Development of the Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Disaggregated Data on Racial/Ethnic Subgroups
QIP provided a full range of support for the development of the Forum’s newest publication, the Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Disaggregated Data on Racial/Ethnic Subgroups. Local and state members of the National Forum on Education Statistics (the Forum) convened a Data Disaggregation of Racial/Ethnic Subgroups Working Group to identify best practices for disaggregating data on racial/ethnic subgroups. The guide is intended to identify some of the overarching benefits and challenges involved in data disaggregation; recommend appropriate practices for disaggregating racial/ethnic data in districts and states; and describe real-world examples of large and small education agencies disaggregating racial/ethnic data successfully. QIP supported the project from inception to completion, including stakeholder engagement, writing, editing, document design, and dissemination.
The content for the guide came from the collective experience of the Forum’s Working Group. QIP supported the Working Group by conducting background research on the topic; coordinating and supporting Working Group meetings; interviewing case study participants; and then organizing and synthesizing the information to produce the guide. The development of the guide included compiling the suggested content from the Working Group to provide an outline, and creating multiple drafts for the Working Group members to review and build upon. QIP assisted in identifying, interviewing, and writing up relevant case studies that offer an in-depth look at how states and districts have disaggregated racial/ethnic subgroup data.
QIP’s team of designers prepared cover options for the guide, and then used the colors from the final cover design to create other images for the publication, including headers and 16 illustrative figures.
Once the full Forum reviewed and formally approved the Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Disaggregated Data on Racial/Ethnic Subgroups, QIP formatted the document within Adobe InDesign and ensured 508 compliance (accessibility) using Adobe Acrobat. The final product was published on the Forum website, and QIP also drafted a blog post, a PowerPoint™ presentation, and a one-page flyer promoting the guide.
The Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Disaggregated Data on Racial/Ethnic Subgroups discusses strategies for collecting data on more detailed racial/ethnic subgroups than the seven categories used in federal reporting. This guide is intended for staff in local, state, and federal education agencies who collect, maintain, or report data on their student populations. The discussion and recommendations in this guide will help state and district staff better understand the process of data disaggregation in the field of education, determine whether data disaggregation might be an appropriate analytical tool in their communities, and, if so, how they can successfully institute or advance a data disaggregation project in their agencies.