Before Content Management Systems were widely adopted on the web, I wrote my own for a UC San Francisco health research group. The opportunity was to create a busy platform for the researchers to publish their findings. At 50,000 unique visitor a day, the site has become much more.
An event calendar, news items, and literally thousands of pages have created a destination for health and disability.
By creating the State Pages, and organizing research and data by state, I not only created a more useful way for policy makers and researchers to access information, but ultimately developed a platform which helped direct research. Researchers began to direct their work by looking at issues at the state level, and I published their results on the state pages.
"Our Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services (PAS) at UCSF, funded by the National Institute on Disablity and Rehabilitation Research, developed a website as the keystone of our communication of findings to the researchers, advocates, and policymakers who use our research in their work, and to users of PAS services. The website that Jeff created with InfoUse - www.pascenter.org - has been excellent in conveying our findings and informing our audiences about PAS. One particularly useful and popular part of the website has been the state-based pages. On this section, we can present our findings by state and Jeff designed and implemented a database that drives the data to each state's page. We have had a lot of positive feedback on these database-driven pages in particular. Another measure of the success of Jeff's work comes in the form of feedback we receive from the website. The site now accommodates more than 50,000 users per day."