Independent Schools Enhance Their Enrollment Strategies with New Digital Tool
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has launched Market View, a new research tool built in collaboration with DockYard, a digital product development agency, to help member schools better understand their communities. DockYard engineers and designers collaborated to build a strategic web application that would be both interactive and intuitive.
Among its features, Market View includes the ability to easily create and share data-driven reports, allowing school administrators to collaborate on meaningful school district information and build strategic recruitment programs. DockYard’s design prioritizes those report features in a clean, clear interface while incorporating the existing NAIS brand colors and reinforcing trust in the organization’s identity.
DockYard delivered a flexible and innovative web application that allows member schools to create actionable data and garner key insights into their communities within minutes. To obtain that information, schools previously would have had to spend thousands of dollars and complete custom reports over several weeks, said Tim Fish, Chief Innovation Officer of NAIS. “Market View is helping our members better deliver their mission.”
NAIS appreciated DockYard’s commitment to user-centric design, Fish continued. Throughout the development process, DockYard and NAIS staff sought feedback from members who would use the application to ensure the design achieved accessibility and usability goals and build trust among users. “That partnership worked incredibly well for us,” he elaborated.
DockYard determined the key engineering and design elements NAIS needed from a partner and brought a wealth of strategy, user experience, design and development expertise to the project. “Market View marks a big step forward for NAIS,” said Stephanie Wilkinson, Director of Systems Architecture with NAIS. As part of the association’s mission to enhance value for members, Market View highlights NAIS’s focus on modern web applications that offer an enhanced approach to enrollment strategy. “DockYard really understood that vision,” she said.
“NAIS needed a tool that fit into its well-established platform but still felt fresh and intuitive for its members. We built a single, responsive web app that leverages accessibility best practices and can be used seamlessly across mobile and desktop experiences,” said Nico Mihalch, Engineering Manager. “Ensuring that we’ve considered users’ needs from the ground up instills confidence among administrators who developed enrollment strategies with Market View.”
For more information about using the interactive digital tool, visit NAIS.
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