Books for the Data, Evaluation, and Non-Profit Loving Nerd

It’s that time of the year. The holidays are around the corner. People are struggling to find gifts for their loved ones or make their own Christmas lists.

I have a book-hoarding problem. I am always trying to find new things to learn, and that is often through books.

Here are some of the books that I have found to be the most helpful or informative about data, evaluation, and the non-profit sector.


Data Visualization, Reporting, and Presentations

Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations by Scott Berinato

Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data by Stephanie Evergreen

Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact by Stephanie Evergreen

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte


Non-Profits, Business, and Leadership

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather McLeod Grant, and J. Gregory Dees

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Klemp

Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation by Patrick Van Der Pijl, Justin Lokitz, and Lisa Kay Solomon


Evaluation and Consulting

Building Evaluation Capacity: Activities for Teaching and Training by Hallie S. Preskill and Darlene Russ-Eft

Consulting Start-Up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers by Gail Barrington


Storytelling and Influence

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez



What books are on your shelf?

2 thoughts on “Books for the Data, Evaluation, and Non-Profit Loving Nerd

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s