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Since 2005 - a number of web-based surveys with complex page branching and skip patterns; using both FileMaker and MySQL; login and privilege based access to different features; using the LassoFusebox framework.


Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, Department of Children and Family Services

Chapin Hall Center for Children manages vast amounts of data for their research projects. One yearly project they conduct is a survey of over 1000 users. The survey's complexity is in its branching logic. Instead of making user walk through dozens of questions that are not relevant to them, Creative Computing helped them implement logic that fed users questions based on relevancy.

Creative Computing built the system to be highly extensible so Chapin Hall can modify it on a yearly basis to accommodate changing needs. Chapin Hall estimates that Creative Computing created the survey in 1/10 of the time they estimated it would take them to do the work internally, saving them valuable time and resources.

What end users experience or say

This has saved us so much time!

What others say about it

Tami has helped us on numerous projects including four very complex online surveys requiring login modules, complicated skip patterns, database support for both FileMaker Pro and MySQL, and an exquisite attention to detail!

When we first started working with Tami, she created the entire survey system for us, but in later iterations, was happy to train me how to do a large part of the work. Not only did she save Chapin Hall both time and money, but our end users as well. In our most recent project, the creation of an online version of a paper data collection tool, the online version saved the users almost four hours of data entry time over the paper version, allowing the users to answer only the questions pertinent to their case, rather than having to read every question on a 175 page document.

If I had tried to create our first survey on my own, it would have taken me at least 10 times longer and would not have been as flexible. The system that Tami created for our first survey allowed us great flexibility in creating subsequent surveys and data collection tools. Tami has also greatly increased my skill set by showing me how to take over parts of the projects. Going forward, I have a much better idea of what I can tackle on my own, and what makes sense to send over to her to create or complete.

Tami has been, in several situations, my only source of technical support in my job, and has never let me down. She's always cheerful, helpful, adaptable to the many changes necessary, and always willing to listen to a drawn out explanation of what _this_ instrument needs to do. This has been an amazing working relationship and one I value.

Diane Houdek
Chapin Hall
June 2009

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