The NICHD DASH is a publicly accessible online archive that allows researchers to organize and store, search and/or request data and related information from completed NICHD funded studies. The purpose of DASH is to maximize NICHD’s investment in research studies by enabling sharing of data for secondary analysis and research.
I worked closely with the project manager, tech lead, and developers to better understand which options to explore and the limitations of our capabilities. The application was developed in an agile environment with 2 week sprints dedicated to a specific feature. During these 2 weeks, I focused my energy on the following tasks:
- determining user needs, issues, pain points and road blocks (during weekly requirements meeting)
- creating workflows to better visualize different options, outcomes and scenarios,
- creating wireframes to quickly gauge feedback and iterate and implement changes,
- attending Core Group meetings to present ideas and wireframes, garner feedback, and iterate and implement changes,
- writing up user stories and use cases,
- completing requirements document with user stories, use cases, acceptance criteria,
- creating rapid prototype with Bootstrap framework for re-usable HTML/CSS code for developers, and
- addressing potential 508 compliance issues.
My main achievements were simplifying the data request and submission processes, and presenting studies in a visually clear and concise manner.