I’ve always strongly believed that presentation matters a lot in research.

So hats off to the NCVO [the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the largest umbrella body for charities in the UK] for its latest innovation: a bubble diagram representing the sources and flows of income and expenditure in the UK charitable sector.

It presents information from the 2010 NCVO Civil Society Almanac – the bible of statistics on the UK charitable sector – which was published on Wednesday.

Not only does it look good but it presents data with the sort of clarity we should all strive for in our research. I am jealous that NPC didn’t come up with the idea.

The bubble diagram is being made into a poster and sent to all NCVO members. It is certainly going on display in the NPC office and I confidently predict will become a fixture on the walls of charities and funders around the land.

Well done to the NCVO research team for proving that information can be beautiful.

You can get your copy of the 2010 almanac here.

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