GovEx Works is the internal project management dashboard for the Johns Hopkins University, the Centers for Civic Impact. It is a Django web application for internal tools and online visualizations. "GovEx" stands for the Center for Government Excellence.
Project purpose and goal: The purpose of this project was to completely revamp the user experience and the interface of the dashboard to be more intuitive for JHU staff. This project required me to redo both the design and programming from scratch.
I follow the iterative design thinking process. My designs are driven by the user's needs and feedback.
My supervisor requested that I create this HUGE database logic model diagram to help the tech team
visualize ALL database table relationships within terminology established by leadership.
‒ Then I created this
Dashboard hiearchy diagram
as a more simplified and
for non-technical staff to understand the
new terminology and hierarchy relationships.
To get my creative thoughts flowing, I like to draw my first thoughts based on UX research. Then I turn those drawings into digital low fidelity versions to be able to share online for collaboration and feedback.
This was helpful to test solution ideas for certain tools and features that users struggled with. The same staff that I interviewed with posted positive feedback and suggestions as comments in Figma.
* I can use this knowledge when making UX design decisions but I would prefer not to do this level of implementation in my next role. My strength and passion is more on the UX and UI creative side!
The feedback during the beta launch was helpful with good suggestions that I was able to apply to the code base before launching to production.
Check out user quotes and success!
Shout out to Alicia Alexander who was just walking me through some of the new GovEx Works! Having come on and worked with the old version of the dashboard and then coming onto this new one, I'm really happy with how user-friendly and clear this is, and excited to be able to use it more!
Johns Hopkins University
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Alicia has been an integral lead in redesigning UI quality at the Centers for Civic Impact and successfully navigated this through a global pandemic, no less.
Her deep knowledge of her craft coupled with her ability to transform ideas has resulted in maximized usability, excellent user experience, and intuitive interfaces. She is an outstanding professional and will be a great asset to any organization lucky to have her.
GovEx Senior Advisor
Survey says the new GovExWorks UI is better than before and users are happier than before.
GovEx Academy Instructor