The answer is data visualization.
Data visualization is the process of acquiring, interpreting
and comparing data in order to clearly communicate
complex ideas, thereby facilitating the identification and
analysis of meaningful patterns (Netquest see link below).
Today we live in a world where data is bought, sold and traded like any other commodity. If knowledge is power, data is the route to knowledge otherwise we are just guessing. Those that have it (data) can make decisions, better, faster and more logically than those that don’t. But how do you make sense of a database full of statements by the millions? You model it visually.
In Kirkpatrick’s 4th Level of Evaluation, it is supposed that Training fulfills a Return on Expectation for the Stakeholder’s of the organization. In the old day’s data was scarce, and ROE was the best a Training Department could do. Today, we have more tools. One of them is xAPI (JSON statements that are fired to a database when a participant in training (or on the job) does something (action verb), to demonstrate a competency. When those competencies are linked to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the organization, we are not just doing training for Return on the Expectation of the organizational think tank – we are doing training with quantifiable, but formerly illusive, Return’s on Investment data points. What are we going to do with this data? We are going to visualize it.