In June 2016, I was contracted by The Bassiouni Group (TBG) in New York to design and manage the launch of the online version of an evidence gapmap (EGM) for UNICEF Innocenti, which is the research arm of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). EGMs are designed to be a snapshot in time of rigorous literature on a specific topic, in this case adolescent wellbeing.
I started out by gathering technical requirements from UNICEF Innocenti, conducting interviews to generate ideas for the EGM, and scouring the web for existing examples of EGMs.
Examples of Other EGMs
Highlights of Generative User Interviews
– Design for researchers, adolescent experts and policy writers with varying Internet connection speeds.
– Include as robust as possible search bar – custom Google search + crawlable site good option given budget.
– Front-end documentation and on-boarding useful for field-based experts to understand methodology.
– Backend either needs to be robust for Innocenti to update or work with PlaNet to do direct editing.
– Mobile might be useful for those in the field. Best to include because site is responsive and having mobile designs is the standard UNICEF is pushing overall.
– Need more input and testing on filters to include.
|Once I synthesized the background research, I created an initial wireframe to capture the major features and basic layout:|
|A synthesis of the results produced the following filters. Note the below is not the default settings.|
The software developing company, PlaNet, then produced a coded prototype, which went through a final round of user testing. The results of the testing will inform the final EGM, which is due out in early to mid-September 2017. Below is a preview of the final.