Visualizing Data in Tableau Public

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Visualizing data is a useful way to show trends and information that may not be as easily understood or compelling in tables or text. There are many tools available online to visualize maternal health data, such as GapMinder or those available from IHME. Tableau Public is another such tool, but unlike others available, it allows you greater flexibility in terms of the data you use. Data from Access, Excel, text files and many other formats can be used.

It takes some time to learn how to use the tool, but after a little practice you’ll be able to create a chart showing the decreases (and the unfortunate increases) in maternal mortality ratios or a map showing changes in MMRs in Africa.

Looking for data to get started? A number of sources listed on our Statistics page allow you to download data to Excel, which you could then use on Tableau Public.