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The Newsletter of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation June 2017  
  Calverton Lease – Some Good Financial News!
AB InBev Foundation Award – Working with the Industry
  AB InBev Foundation Evaluation Award Announcement
  From the CEO:
Thoughts on Ethical Issues: Working with the Alcohol Industry
  Potential Alcohol Industry Funding at PIRE
PIRE IT Advances and Plans
  New and Improved PIRE Websites Coming Soon!
  PIRE App Development Process
PIRE Board Elects Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., MPH
PRC Publications on Bar Study Results
  Update your PIRE Staff Information today



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Joey Dacanay

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Alexis Lumpkins
Contributors to this Issue
  • Raul Caetano
  • Karen Friend
  • Paul LaVoie
  • Juliet Lee
  • Bernie Murphy


PIRE IT Advances and Plans

PIRE App Development Process

Paul Lavoie
IT Director

The creation of a website or web application often encompasses more than just a functional need but is often the first impression and how a project can engage an audience. Many have been asking how the new web application process works now at PIRE and here is brief synopsis of the process.

Step one - Gather requirements

We usually begin with a very informal phone call about the project and the questions typically asked are:

  • What are the goals of your website application?
  • Who is the audience and how do you anticipate they will interact with the site?
  • What type of content will be available on the website?
  • Do you have examples of websites you do or don’t like?
  • When is the expected deadline for the project?

Step two – A Scope of Work contract is created based on the requirements

IT will take everything gathered and create a Scope of Work (SOW) that includes timeline and pricing.

  • Creating the scope can take up to 5 business days.
  • We typically continue to communicate during the scoping process and anticipate additional questions and additional thoughts from you after the initial call.
  • Typically, IT selects one of two regular web developers based on availability and deadline.
  • If there is a business requirement to get several quotes for comparison, that can be provided.

Once finalized, IT will send out the SOW contract and schedule a call for review. Once all the terms are set and the contract is agreed upon we will create an agenda for any initial tasks.

Step three – Development

Web applications can take between 6 to 10 weeks to complete for typical levels of complexity. The development itself is an iterative process of refinement and typically includes the following stages:

  • Creation of an initial mock-up to review overall structure and navigation.
  • Additional refined versions of the site for review; this stage can span several iterations depending on complexity of the overall application.
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT) by a wider audience; for many apps it is important to have testers, similar to the intended audience, to interact with the web app and provide a final round of feedback.

At the end of the process you will be presented with a finished application that meets all your needs.

Completed and On-Going projects

This year we’ve worked on several web apps across the institute. Below is a list of the major applications we’ve worked on and the primary stakeholder for the project. Please feel free to reach out and gather input on the process and the results.

  • “Cost of Crashes” – Ted Miller – project is going live second week of July
  • Human Resources Performance Appraisal – Nicole Hollingsworth – Pilot complete, going live Mid-July
  • Native American Technical Assistance Provider – Roland Moore – site is live, second iteration coming by the end of July
  • Simulated Driving While Intoxicated (SIM-DWI) – Eduardo Romano/Michael Scherer – in development.
  • Native Elder Healthcare – Catie Willging – Just completed the scope and starting development.