Web-based Survey System
Principal investigators at two prestigious universities, in collaboration with a
national nonprofit association serving hundreds of health departments across the
country, were pursuing efforts to enhance their existing volunteer survey system
while advancing the knowledge of public health preparedness. They approached Aciron
Consulting to reconstruct an online toolkit that would assess the effectiveness
of engaging volunteers in public health events in order to improve future operations.
The existing internally developed tool the team was using was not meeting the team's
exact research needs. The system was to be redeveloped by Aciron to improve its
efficiency and to allow for the collection, thorough analysis, and reporting of
data from different field locations throughout the country.
Aciron staff consulted with the client to capture and thoroughly understand their
needs and goals. Brainstorming sessions occurred, while analyzing project requirements
and working collaboratively to assess the practicality of the existing system and
areas where the tool could be improved. We arrived at a strategy for the development
and design of a new online survey system and toolkit that would facilitate more
effective gathering and analysis of research data, including sophisticated statistical
analysis and graphical representation of results in real time. Throughout the engagement,
Aciron personnel answered the client's questions, offered suggestions, and continuously
discussed the project with the client to make sure the client needs were fulfilled.
Aciron Consulting designed and developed a new user-friendly system to collect,
analyze, and report research data. The system allows users to complete custom questionnaires
online to provide feedback on the effectiveness of public health events they have
participated in. The system's automated reporting features allow administrators
to analyze and generate real-time custom professional-grade reports with the click
of a mouse. Administrators can log in to the system and instantly view survey data
graphically in charts and graphs, view statistics on survey data by defined criteria,
and filter data by custom variables in real time.
The tool is being used as a vital component of both researchers' investigation into
public health preparedness and by public health practitioners working in the field.
Instrumental in evaluating the effectiveness of engaging volunteers in public health
activities, the tool is successfully contributing to quality improvement efforts
in the public health field.