Planning and User-Centered Design

What it is

Whether a state is just developing an IDS or refining an existing system, a thoughtful planning process can reduce costs and expand engagement with decision-makers. By focusing on the intended uses of the IDS and distinguishing the different needs of researchers, decisionmakers, educators, and community members states can map out core requirements related to governance, legal frameworks, and technical infrastructure.

When engaging in a planning process, a neutral third party can help to facilitate and document recommendations. In this role, DISC can ensure that all parties have equal standing and allowing experts to provide impartial clarifications on contentious topics.

How we work

We work collaboratively with you to determine your needs and develop an implementation plan. Working together helps us understand the operation of your IDS, your current plans for improvement, and your goals.

Once we have developed a clear understanding of your needs, our services can include help with

  • clarifying the scope and structure of the planning process,
  • identifying user types that could benefit from linked data and how the data system could provide relevant information,
  • facilitating planning meetings, and
  • documenting recommendations from the planning process.

Planning and user-centered design projects are not part of DISC’s no-cost services and require additional underwriting. We can negotiate a scope that meets your state’s budget and provide many free resources to keep costs low. Learn more details at the P20W+ website.

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