The Graph Guide Program

HAVE YOU EVER signed up for an online course with really good intentions, only to find yourself barely checking in a couple months later?

In the Graph Guide program, we will not let you fade away.

When you commit to the Graph Guide program, you will master data visualization, period. We’ll hold your hand (and hound you, if we have to) every step of the way. We are your partner in your growth and development as a data visualization guru.

In the Graph Guide program, you’ll get targeted, boutique coaching on your data visualization projects, with a mile-high pile of skills and confidence waiting for you at the end. Your year with a Graph Guide will help you produce amazing visualizations, build your strategic approach and competitive edge, and get you recognized for your talents. 

How It Works

We’ll start with an initial assessment of your data visualization skills and help you plot out a personalized learning pathway through our Academy tutorials, all leading up to a portfolio review and a certificate at the end of the year.

You’ll be held accountable. Your Graph Guide will check in with you at least every other week to help keep you on track through your learning and to support your ongoing data visualization projects. There are no chat bots here. All of our Graph Guides are actual (adorable) human experts in data visualization with top notch virtual coaching skills and excellent digital high fives.

Tip for success

Use this opportunity to rock out some upcoming work projects.

Aside from this incredibly hands-on coaching experience, your year with a Graph Guide will also include everything that comes with a traditional Evergreen Data Visualization Academy membership: monthly live Office Hours, active conversations in our private Facebook and Slack groups, fresh tutorials semi-monthly, private events, and members-only discounts on dataviz swag.

Take a Peek

Let me show you what’s in store. In this tour, I walked through the heart and soul of the Graph Guide Program and showed folks how we tailor a specific data visualization curriculum for each student.. Let this recorded sneak peek help you decide to join. 

Think of it this way: You will invest in your growth for a solid year and before that year is even complete you are going to be churning out high-impact data stories that make you feel like a rockstar and earn you accolades (and hopefully a raise too).

How You’ll Be Assessed

To graduate from the Graph Guide program, you’ll have to complete and demonstrate successful visualizations from 50 Academy tutorials, using any software – Excel, Tableau, R or a combination of those. You’ll have a core curriculum you must complete. Your Graph Guide will work with you to choose from many elective tutorials until you reach 50. At least one must demonstrate automation, one must demonstrate interactivity, and one must demonstrate overall layout of multiple visuals. You’ll earn digital badges for each tutorial you complete and a paper certificate at the end. Read more specifics on how you’ll be assessed.

Tip for success

Try to use data from your work or student life as you complete the tutorials, which gives you real work applicability and let’s you maximize your time.

No kidding – it will be an intense year. But it will be a do-able year because you’ll be part of a supportive and encouraging environment. We specifically have restricted enrollment and a low student-guide ratio in order to focus on your growth and walk with you as you master data visualization. 

How Much It Will Cost

Our years running the Evergreen Data Visualization Academy have taught us that some students thrive best with a Graph Guide. You can earn certification with a Graph Guide for $2,799.

Tip for success

Get your boss to sponsor your year with a Graph Guide. This is the least expensive, highest quality data visualization consulting you can find.

You should come learn with us because we are the only research-based remote data visualization course.

Hundreds of folks have already worked their way through our Academy, earning recognition and promotions and guru status around the office. They succeed because we know how to teach and we ESPECIALLY know how to teach data visualization.

Our pilot cohort of Graph Guides students are already stacking up their skills and making jaws drop with their visuals.

For the first time ever, you can now get hands-on, customized, personalized, structured, incredible data viz education. We are ready for you. You coming? 

Graph Guide Students Say

“Even just a few tutorials really takes things to the next level. It’s in nice bite-sized chunks, but easy to cross pollinate the lessons learned.
The research-based resources and one-on-one feedback from a visualization expert really boost my confidence that what I’m putting together

isn’t just prettier, but more understandable.”

Looking to start with some baby steps?

If you aren’t quite ready to take on this much, check out our Chart Starter Series.

I’ve cultivated 10 of the most useful tutorials, focused on helping you master high-impact graphs inside Excel, Tableau, Google Sheets, or R.

Our Graph Guides students change the culture at their workplace and shine like superstars. Students see impacts after just a couple months. Let’s skyrocket your skill set, too – together.

How our Programs Compare

Chart Starter Series



Best for people new to graphing who need to get oriented to a software program and learn the basics of amazing charts

  • 10 video tutorials in Excel OR Tableau OR R OR Google Sheets (you pick one software)
  • Worksheets and templates Research behind the chart choice
  • Written step-by-step instructions
  • Community forum for your questions
  • Digital Certificate of Participation
  • One-time payment

Upgrade to the Evergreen Data Visualization Academy or Graph Guide Program for full access to all tutorials, office hours, assessments and personalized help


Data Visualization Academy



Best for people who are hungry to become the data visualization guru at the office and need broad, expansive knowledge of chart types and what works when

  • 60+ tutorials in Excel, Tableau, and R
  • Worksheets and templates
  • Research behind the chart choice
  • Written step-by-step instructions
  • Community forum in each tutorial, in a private Facebook group and in a private Slack Channel
  • Office hours once a month
  • Help on work projects
  • New content delivered semi-monthly
  • Digital Certificate of Participation
  • Renews annually

Upgrade to the Graph Guides Program if you need more intensive coaching in a one-on-one learning environment


Graph Guide Program



Best for people who need to quickly master data visualizations most suitable for your specific work projects and earn recognition

  • 60+ tutorials in Excel, Tableau, and R
  • Worksheets and templates
  • Research behind the chart choice
  • Written step-by-step instructions
  • Community forum in each tutorial, in a private Facebook group and in a private Slack Channel, plus ongoing conversation with your graph guide
  • Office hours once a month
  • New content delivered semi-monthly
  • Pretest, checklist of milestones to accomplish, portfolio review, and posttest
  • Customized learning path through our tutorials
  • Intensive coaching with your Graph Guide
  • Paper & Digital Certificate of Completion
  • One-time payment – you complete in one year
  • A free year of the Data Viz Academy upon completion

Graph Guide Students Say

“The accountability is great!

No way I would be where I am without Stephanie pinging me.
Also, SO useful to just go to her when I get a question from work on a one-off data visualization issue. I know I don’t have to spend hours on Google, I can work directly with her.”

Join the Waitlist!

Keep an eye out for a confirmation email. If you haven’t already confirmed your email through me when you signed up for my blog or the Academy waitlist, you’ll need to take one more step – open that email and confirm your intent to be added to the waitlist.

We will never share your information with anyone else. That would be gross. We will, however, send you an email a week before we open enrollment to the public to give you an early opportunity to join Graph Guides. If you don’t sign up right away, you’ll get a couple of other emails while the enrollment window is open. We promise not to bug you and we promise to keep your personal information safe.

Hey friend!

I’m Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author, data nerd, and founder of the Evergreen Data Visualization Academy. I have written three books on data visualization and intentional reporting. I have the best job – travelling all over the world to work with organizations, from county level health departments to Fortune 100s, on how they can achieve their mission with better data communication. I originally created the Academy as a way to offer my sold-out workshop content to more people than I could ever see in person. The data visualization strategies and training in the Academy have grown so large, it is now way more than we could pack into a multi-day workshop.