Creating graphs and visual data displays

Daniel R. Mitteer, Michael P. Kranak, Ashley M. Fuhrman, Brian D. Greer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Behavior analysts often create visual displays of data such as graphs to evaluate intervention effectiveness, make programmatic decisions, and present practice and research findings. This chapter describes (a) common graph types for single-case experimental designs, (b) essential and quality features of graphs, (c) computer-based programs for creating such graphs, and (d) an overview of published training materials for learning how to graphically depict common single-case experimental designs. As a resource, we provided sample figures of typical graph types, depictions of essential and quality graphical features, and a checklist of key graph components to review prior to presenting or publishing graphical data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplied Behavior Analysis Advanced Guidebook
Subtitle of host publicationA Manual for Professional Practice, Second Edition
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780323995948
ISBN (Print)9780323995955
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Data input
  • Graphing
  • Single-case research designs
  • Staff training
  • Visual displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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