Infographics and data visualisation

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Infographics and data visualisation

I can't find the thread in which the Tufte club made contact, so here's a new one. (This really hurts.)

It's been a fascinating week for us because the Government is going to tell us where our tax (wait for it) goes. 

It's an excellent idea that we should know things like this. (Central government has made local government do it for some years.) But there are some problems:

  1. "Welfare" usually includes "State pensions", but not in this categorisation.
  2. Why is "Welfare" not broken down into the main categories. Is it for political advantage?
  3. It isn't all taxes, only income tax and the other sort of income tax known as National Insurance. 

So some others have come up with other presentations, including:

and:

which show how little of "Welfare" goes on "Unemployment".

And I wonder how the discussion went on whether to include the little blue slice labelled "UK contribution to the EU budget". Omit it and offend those who hate paying it, or include it and show how small it is?

Jonathan

Sources and much more detail:

BBC News

Full Fact

IFS

 

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A hell of a lot paying national debt interest and not a penny paid off of the debt.. Paperbag

How much has our debt gone up this year?

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Debt:

Source: BBC News/ ONS

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The NHS, it's a frustratingly inefficient organisation in which to work in ways other than day to day disorganisation, as the report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges indicates. Particularly so when the the staff can be so disengaged- change anybody?

Patients are put at risk by the side effects, complications and poorly understood implications of interventions. But would we have it any other way in a system where to do nothing may be seen as negligent, uncaring or does not meet patient expectation?

 

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Of course this does show that David Cameron was banging the lectern only for effect at the EU meeting. The contributions make very little difference (but I knew that already).

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Healthcare

It's come up many times that the NHS is about the most effective healthcare system in any rich country. The most widely quoted recent study is by the 2014 Commonwealth Fund report which came up with these:

 

 but every system that I know of could be more efficient and make fewer mistakes.

The Academy report doesn't seem to be so much about reducing inefficiency as on the ways that clinicians can reduce waste. I think there is a difference but I'd find it hard to define. It doesn't have a lot of infographics, but some of the following was news to me:

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Why is the UK's GDP increasing? Guardian chart that carries a big message in a small space:

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This one's neat, and would be hard to put into simple words. It shows the before-and-after comparison, and how the steps have been smoothed.

Of course it would be a better policy to smooth that curve even further. And even better to abolish the whole tax.

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Here's an unusual display showing where support from UKIP came from. You need to know that there were surveys by the British Election Study in 2005, 2010 and 2014.

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What does this graph represent?

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