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Guidance on using data


The following guides provide guidance on best practice to help people communicate data and information effectively.

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  • Better Charts - choosing the right chart and tips for better design.
  • Better Maps - how to communicate data using maps and tips for good design.
  • Microsoft Excel - spreadsheet containing examples and help with formulas (produced by the Children, Schools and Families Knowledge Management Team).
  • Understanding economic measures - a brief explanation of gross value added, gross domestic product, productivity and earnings measures.
  • Understanding Geography - guidance on the different geographies used for collecting, reporting and processing data.
  • Statistical significance - how to understand statistical significance

With thanks to:

Cornwall Council Analyst Network, Office for National Statistics Data Visualisation Unit, Color Brewer, UK Parliament, Cornwall Council Geographic Information Services and Wales Data Unit.

See our page for the contact details of the main teams involved in research and intelligence across Cornwall Council.