I served as the project manager for the transformation of a paper-based survey assessment into an easy to use online tool to help nonprofits build organizational staff capacity. Over 100 grassroots leaders have benefitted from the online tool, and the response from 20+ organizations served through this process was overwhelmingly positive*.
An entity called “BRIDGE” (Building Responsive Infrastructure for Global Equity) developed a framework for a unique, evaluative, and data-heavy organizational assessment tool for social justice organizations as part of the National Gender & Equity Campaign. They wanted an easier way to conduct the assessments across the country in an online format, as well as to provide useful data visualizations generated from users’ results.
I hired, managed, and partnered closely with contracted web developer teams at Quilted.coop to build a special log-in enabled “microsite” on a custom Drupal platform. The tool was also built with a custom staff intranet on the administrative side to manage the users, the data, and the open-source visualization tools that calculated the results of the surveys automatically.
From the budgeting/contracting, to technical testing, to content development, to implementation and training, I managed multiple aspects of this tool through serveral iterations.
(*The image gallery above also includes slides from the user training webinars we conducted to ensure that users who were unfamiliar with the new technology could utilize the online portal easily, as well as learn new digital literacy skills at the same time.)
*Note: The onilne tool is no longer available to the public. This version was closed in 2010, but BRIDGE plans to redevelop and upgrade the tool for future use. However, at the time of this writing, the site is currently still live at http://boat.genderandequity.org.