Case Studies and White Papers ProgramNet

About ProgramNet

The Opportunity

USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) administers the ProgramNet web platform, an interactive online community which allows over 9,000 Agency staff to share knowledge and promote learning of the program planning processes – the Program Cycle. To support the need for more user interface and new web application features in order to allow for the open discussion of ideas and peer-to-peer sharing, Devis team members proposed a solution to advance and redesign ProgramNet.

Our Approach

The Devis team successfully completed development updates and launched ProgramNet 2.0 on a Drupal 8 platform. We initiated planning for ProgramNet’s redesign by reviewing product platforms and gathering product information based on system and functional requirements. Devis conducted extensive research to determine which systems could save costs while meeting system requirements and reached the conclusion that migrating to Drupal 8 and changing the hosting location to USAID’s DMZ server would provide the best solution for the future of ProgramNet. Devis followed an iterative, Agile development approach to implement ProgramNet’s redesign and in successfully advancing ProgramNet from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, achieved the goal of providing enhanced usability and interactivity while building the capacity of USAID staff to implement the Program Cycle.

Results

-Advanced ProgramNet from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, which provides improved usability and administration functionality along with improved modules
-Received USAID’s Administrator’s Management Improvement Award
-Resolved Drupal administration and configuration issues, including documenting issues and developing workarounds
-Implemented new modules from the Drupal community and created custom Drupal models to enhance PPL’s ability to meet program cycle needs and provide global collaborative workspaces
-Increased the efficiency and effectiveness of PPL
-Updated all security documents accordingly as required by the USAID CIO