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Presenting information

There are a number of different ways of presenting and communicating information. The particular format you use is dependant upon the type of data generated from the methods you have employed.

Here are some basic examples of appropriate ways of presenting information for different types of data:

Bar charts

Bar charts may be useful for comparing relative sizes. However because of the width of the bars they tend to use a large amount of ink to display a relatively small amount of information which might more effectively be displayed using a simple line chart.

Pie charts

Pie charts have the sole benefit of indicating that the data must add up to 100%. However they make it difficult for viewers to distinguish relative sizes, especially if two slices have a difference that is less than 10%.

Other examples of presenting data in graphical form include line charts etc.

Qualitative data is more likely to be presented in text form. For example using quotations from interviews, field diaries etc.