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A Way Home America 2017-12-12T10:02:43+00:00

Project Description

Project Brief

A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative created with the sole purpose of ending youth homelessness. One of the AWHA grantors is the Raikes Foundation, joined by a coalition of organizations supporting AWHA on their steering committee.

A Way Home America (AWHA) needs to develop an online mapping tool that supports inter-agency communication efforts to end youth homelessness across the country. AWHA envisions a dynamic and interactive map located on awayhomeamerica.org as a resource that promotes connectivity and momentum as providers work to build the movement to end youth homelessness.

The basic need is a map to display and organize information on youth homelessness across the US – specifically the initiatives and community efforts working to end youth homelessness – with a clear and compelling user interface that invites interacting with and exploring the information.

AWHA engaged with different firms and freelancers that chose to build technology from scratch, but after several months of failed attempts, they realized the solution was not scalable, not easy to maintain and support and too expensive for their needs.

This work was done thanks to the Raikes Foundation and Giving Tech Labs financial support.

“In most cases, if one devotes time to understand the target market, organization goals and desired user experience, the needs of organizations can be fulfilled with off-the-shelf cloud-based technology that costs one-tenth of custom solutions created by web consulting firms.”

Assessment

Before launching a new technology or venture, we evaluate nine different marketing, operations, monetization and/or technology dimensions on a scale of 0 to 100 and 70% of them must be at or above 70 to move forward. The following bars represent the assessment done before starting AWHA Data Visualization Project.

Market Need, Opp Size and Competition: 60%
Ease to code, pilot and take to market: 100%
IP and Data Value; Sustainability: 45%
OCT-2017

IDEATION, PROTOTYPING AND LANDSCAPE ASSESTMENT

NOV-2017

DATA ARCHITECTURE AND EXECUTIVE REPORT WITH SUGGESTED SOLUTION

Q1-2018

MARKETING AND TECH EXECUTION (OPTIONAL)

Results

Giving Tech Labs conducted a data-architecture analysis, code review and held a workshop to understand the target audience, organization goals, and their data visualization needs. We did a landscape analysis and found several technologies offered as software as a service (SaaS), that can address the needs of AWHA once the data architecture is finalized. The suggested solution can be done at 67% savings over the amount already spent on solutions that did not work as expected.

A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. To learn more and learn how you can be of help, please visit their website using the link provided below

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