Six principles of data analysis specific to NIPN (2/5)
Principle 2: Simple, clear and country-owned data analyses are more likely to have an impact on policy makers
- “In-house” or “country-owned” data analyses can have a higher impact on policy makers than sophisticated data analyses carried out by international organisations.
- Simple descriptive analyses are sometimes more telling than complex analyses because the message is clear and the data can be presented in a simple and visual way. A simple bar chart (Figure 1) is more easily understood and is more likely to provide actionable recommendations than a regression table (Figure 2).
However, simple does not mean quick and dirty. What is done must be done correctly.
(source: FEWS NET)