Keisuke [user:field_middlename] Taketani

Keisuke Taketani

Graphic facilitator

My contributions

    • Hi everyone,

      I really enjoy the active discussion. It seems that we realize there are many aspects of visualization in terms of tools, audience, and purpose, and this is just the beginning of the beginning.

      Coincidentally, I received a notice this morning that specialized online training in data visualization and evaluation is launched.

      The person behind the course is someone I can trust in both evaluation and visualization. This could be a good venue for anyone who wants to use more visualization in evaluation reports and more.



      Keisuke Taketani 
      Graphic Facilitation and Design

    • Dear Harriet,

      Many thanks for starting a discussion close to my heart!

      Let me share the latest development of WFP EvaluVision, as you kindly shared as an example. After trying to set a foundation of methodology, EvaluVision is now focusing on finding and strengthening local talent. WFP Nepal conducted a stakeholder workshop to discuss a baseline study of the school feeding program. I worked with a local artist to share the overall EvaluVision methodology. A documentary video is being edited at this moment, so I might be able to share it before this discussion closes.

      Besides EvaluVision, I recently asked to help several WFP country offices to visualize the Theory of Change. After going through several technical workshops to formulate ToC, it was suggested to make a one-page visual without any technical terms. I proposed that, after drafting an illustration, organize a coloring contest where any staff or their family can participate. The winner was the daughter of the WFP staff.  I realize this is more like a vision board than a Theory of Change, it helps to explain the overall purpose (how success looks like) and how we get there. More details and the winning entry on a LinkedIn post here

      Visual of WFP Theory of Change

      Another use, as wisely pointed out by Harvey Garcia in earlier posts is a crossroad of evaluation and data analysis. I see a big potential for using big data for evaluation. I am not a data scientist who can share many insights, but please allow me to share a graphic summary of a very interesting discussion of evaluation and artificial intelligence organized by EBRD last year. I suppose it's not so far future when AI will create a summary drawing if you upload a 100-page evaluation report. (or maybe is there such a tool available already?)

      Visualization of AI and evaluation discussion



      Keisuke Taketani 
      Graphic Facilitation and Design

    • Dear Gordon and colleagues,

      Communicating evaluation findings in concise, comprehensible and meaningful way is a challenge. How many people actually read 150 page report?

      UN WFP in Asia Pacific region is attempting to solve this issue by combining Evaluation with visual facilitation. The methodology is called EvaluVision.

      3 min explainer video and e-book hopefully give you idea of how to use visualization and facilitation technique to design, validate, and disseminate evaluation. There are more videos and case studies in the e-book.

      Next week, on 8 September from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. (Manila time), we will present EvaluVision as a part of ADB-WFP organized learning session "Engage to Communicate: Stakeholder Analysis for Communicating Evaluations" during the Asian Evaluation Week. The learning session will be 9:00-12:00, but EvaluVision is set for 11:00-12:00. For more information, please visit AEW site . I attached the e-flyer as well.

      We need both literal and visual thinking to make use of evaluation.

    • Dear Isha, Silva, Dorothy, and all,

      Great to hear the same frustration and aspiration for evaluation, use and influence.

      I was drawing a session at Asian Evaluation Week, happening this week, and the topic clear to me was real time evaluation. Evaluation needs to be rapid and timely in the age of pandemic. We need to 'communicate all the time' Please find a drawing attached.

      keisuke graphic

      If you haven't signed up, please join EvlauVision linkedin group. It has about 100 members, but the group discussion is still quiet. I really  need your active participation to  stir up the network who want to bring visual thinking to the evaluation, leading to action, not for learning for the sake of learning, but to make better decisions and apply.

      And tomorrow, Sept 8, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n (Manila time), EvaluVision will featured at Asian Evaluation Week. Please register at The learning session starts at 9:00 a.m.




  • We produce many evaluations and a huge amount of evidence each year – but how much information are we really digesting?

    Michael Quinn Patton, Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, says that the most notable trend emerging among leading evaluators today is the increased importance of visuals.  Visual tools, such as animation, infographics, and the use of graphic recording to present text and pictures during presentations, can help to transform complex information into more comprehensive “thinking tools”. However, many people might see visuals as less important or even childish. 

    In my role as WFP’s Regional Evaluation Officer for Asia and