UGIG wanted to create a custom database to help support researchers. The creators of UGIG realized that research studies are important to the continued advancement of knowledge but that researchers typically have difficulty finding willing volunteers for their research studies. The process was frustrating. To find each willing participant researchers would have to advertise their study, contact candidates, and interview them just to see if they qualified. UGIG determined that there must be an easier way and sought to fix the process.
UGIG had an idea, what if they created a custom database and website that allowed researchers to find participants for their studies easily and efficiently. They realized that they would need to create a way to help participants provide the necessary information to the researchers. They would also need another way for researchers to access this information from the database of participants that would be created. All of this seemed like an impossible task.
Not being custom database developers themselves, UGIG turned to Orange County custom database development agency, Idea Maker for guidance. With this crucial step taken, UGIG was ready to have its idea made into a reality.
After taking UGIG through the initial stages of Idea Maker’s successful database development process, we realized that they would need a custom database and website with two distinct portals. One of the portals of their website would be for researchers to create their studies and set up screening questionnaires for the participants. The second portal would be for the volunteer participants. Each participant would be able to submit applications and answer questionnaires on this participant portal.
Due to the nature of the UGIG custom database and website, Idea Maker suggested that the custom database and website should be as user friendly as possible. We suggested this because it would help make their site accessible to a wider audience of volunteers and researchers. This would allow anyone to participate with no need for highly technical knowledge. We felt that a simplified user interface would improve the user experience and allow the project to be a success.
With a sophisticated survey system in place and a user-friendly design enabled, UGIG has been widely successful in its endeavors.
What We Did
User Interface and User Experience
UGIG needed to create a user-friendly custom database and website. Creating a more friendly user interface would be important to helping the company successfully connect participants with researchers in need of their help. Idea Maker spent many hours designing the user interface to provide the best possible user experience for both researchers and volunteers.
The resulting website design is not only beautiful but also extremely easy to use by users with no need to have a technical background. This has allowed UGIG to grow exponentially and has helped researchers find more participants for their research projects.
The most integral part of UGIG’s custom database and website development project was to create a survey system that would automatically screen out candidates that did not fit the criteria of the study allowing researchers to minimize the time that it took to find willing participants. To do this, under UGIG’s direction, Idea Maker created a two-stage survey process.
The first stage of the survey process asks volunteer participants common legal questions like their age, gender, and ethnicity. After the participant passes the first level of the survey, they are then asked study specific questions. Once this second stage is completed researchers can then view the results and choose candidates based on the answers provided. This has greatly improved the process of finding study participants.