Feedback wanted on the NCDD Resource Center
Hi, everyone! I wanted to get some feedback from NCDDers and site visitors about the new main page of the Resource Center, and the navigation options in the sidebar.
The NCDD Resource Center, at www.ncdd.org/rc, connects visitors with over 2,500 resources: dialogue guides, evaluation tools, videos, books, articles, case studies, organizations, graphic recorders, handouts, charts, and more.
We’ve been doing a lot of work in recent months to make the Resource Center as user-friendly as possible. Run on WordPress software, the Resource Center features the new NCDD site design, which I think is easier on the eyes and more navigable. And we’ve been adding sidebar widgets to help visitors find the resources they need more quickly. Links at the very top of the sidebar take you to a new site map Andy created which lists ALL categories and tags (and yes, we’re still tagging older resources and could use help with that!), and to a blog-style page that features the most recently-added resources. My favorite thing in the sidebar is the “I’m looking for” widget which allows you to cross-search within a category in a tag (“manuals & guides” plus “great for public managers,” for example).
Just in the past week or so, we’ve added a new home page for the Resource Center. Rather than just featuring the most recently added resources, we now provide a kind of mini-guide to the Resource Center. We list the titles and excerpts for the newest resources (linkable to the full resources), point out some of the best resources in our Beginner’s Guide, and feature some of the most popular categories and tags.
Please do me a huge favor and take a few minutes to look over the landing page and sidebar and experiment a bit, and let me know what you think by adding a comment below! Is there too much info on the main page, or do you wish something else was there? What do you like? What do you find lacking? What are your ideas for livening things up or simplifying the text? And what might you need to help us get the word out about this great resource clearinghouse? All feedback and ideas are welcome!