Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cook County sealThe Cook County Offices Under the President (OUTP) and Board of Review (BOR) engaged Clarity Partners to implement a new website on Drupal, an open source Content Management System (CMS), that is hosted on the Amazon GovCloud. Clarity will redesign the look and feel of the site and develop a unified content strategy across all OUTP and BOR communications channels, which will include tracking statistics, governance, and branding consistency.

After launching the website, all Cook County agencies will maintain a common platform, design, navigation structure, and style to deliver a cohesive look while maintaining uniqueness to each site with targeted content and graphical elements.  The sites will be responsive, i.e. automatically formatted for any connected device. Furthermore, County staff will be able to easily update content when necessary to provide the public with up-to-date information.

To initiate the project, Clarity conducted a Usability Study with the help of Smart Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust. Clarity submitted several website layouts (i.e. wireframes) for the new OUTP and BOR websites and asked for feedback from Chicago residents, which will be incorporated during the design process.

About the Cook County Offices Under the President
The Cook County Offices Under the President include fifteen County departments and agencies that report directly to the President. These include the Bureau of Administration, Bureau of Finance, Bureau of Economic Development, Department of Homeland Security, among others.

About Smart Chicago
Smart Chicago is a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. The organization focuses on increasing access to the internet, improving skills for using the internet, and developing meaningful products from data that measurably contribute to the quality of life of Chicago residents.

About Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving the Chicagoland region through strategic grant making, civic engagement, and philanthropy. The Trust serves nonprofit organizations, donors, and volunteers that strive to make a difference.