Curating tools and guidelines for micronutrient surveying

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CDC Micronutrient Tool

Background & Objectives

Understanding micronutrient malnutrition in different populations is key to understanding global health conditions, but resources for surveyors are scarce. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tasked us with developing a manual for practitioners in the field to use as a guideline for effective micronutrient surveying.
  1. Structure relevant information

    in a user friendly website.

  2. Create a downloadable version

    of the manual to be used in low-bandwidth areas.

  3. Review and audit the site

    for needed updates, as well as add an option to notify users when partners would update the site (in 2022’s project’s extension).

How can we create a manual and toolkit that holds important information scientists and surveyors can refer to when conducting malnutrition surveys?

What was the big project question?

User Research and Design

We started our research stage with workshops and interviews with the CDC team to understand how to present the information they had for the manual. The workshops we conducted led to user case studies and a review of the content structure to redesign the existing website.

Our design team collaborated with the CDC to map and plan content. We revised their content structure and held wireframe discussions with the team to meet their objectives. The CDC team knew what information was needed in the manual, and we designed the layout for both an online and downloadable version through content planning and modeling. We optimized the information on the site to make it easier to navigate and focus on the tools. This design enabled automatic edits to the downloadable content when the web version was updated.

UX Design and Digital Developments

We changed the visual design and web development of the website and developed a cookie banner for GDPR. An automated email notification system was added to inform surveyors when new information was uploaded to the site. Users will find the website is configured to print in an organized format. Our design team created an improved mobile version and designed the menu functions for easier navigation between module chapters. The table of contents and search bar was redesigned for better usability.

Our updates to the website in 2022 were focused on user experience rather than changing the content. We reviewed and audited the site to determine which components needed to be updated or were no longer needed. Using the analytics from the website, we were able to track the number of downloaded manuals and see how people were using the site. These analytics were used for our UX / UI audit of the manual.

What were the outcomes?

The document published in 2020 included more than 200 tools as part of the toolkit and presented 16 modules of information on the interactive website. More detail can be read by the WHO’s article here. The most recent revision to the site reflects the changes needed for different document export options and a new offline version of the manual. Visual and user experience design was updated to reflect the needs of surveyors and enable efficient management of the manual for the CDC administrators.