Visually Transforming a Highly Complex Data Set into a User-Friendly Format

Case Study: 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.

How We Added Value:

Aciron conducted brainstorming sessions with the client to capture and thoroughly understand the client’s needs and goals. Then, Aciron analyzed project requirements, assessed the practicality of the existing system and identified improvement areas.

Aciron presented a strategy for the development and design of a new online survey system and toolkit. This would facilitate more effective gathering and analysis of research data. Thus, providing sophisticated statistical analysis and graphical representation of results in real time. Throughout the engagement, Aciron personnel answered the client’s questions and offered suggestions. Also, Aciron continuously discussed the project with the client to make sure the client’s needs were fulfilled.


Aciron designed and developed a new user-friendly system to collect, analyze, and report research data. The system allows users to complete custom online questionnaires to provide feedback on the effectiveness of relevant public health events. The system’s automated reporting features allow administrators to easily analyze and generate real-time custom reports. Furthermore, administrators can log into the system and instantly view survey data graphically in charts and graphs. Administrators can also 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. Also, the tool has been successful in evaluating the effectiveness of engaging volunteers in public health activities. 

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