Last October, Publish What You Fund shared feedback on the beta version of the new IATI site. Here’s a snippet of that feedback:
We think the homepage should Show The Thing. Why? Because:
- Potential publishers want to see this in practice, so they can see why they would publish.
- Users want to see the data because that’s literally why they’re here.
- For at least some people who are brand new to IATI, they will understand it best by actually seeing what it can do
By “Show The Thing” we mean IATI data, via e.g. d-portal or perspective or some other data portal. Think of this as equivalent to a test drive, or a demo – helping the user understand by doing. This appears to be the approach used in IATI trainings (a recent example here).
The latest blog asks us to “Help me explain IATI!”, saying “it can often be difficult to gain a basic understanding of IATI”. But in the new alpha version, it’s noticeable that the IATI data search present in the version shared back in October has been removed from the homepage.
A couple of very specific points on the about section:
- the section includes a case studies page. While I’m pleased these are present on the site, I’m not sure I’d expect to find them on the about page.
- As we know, the term IATI is often overloaded – it’s used as a shorthand for the initiative, IATI data, and the IATI standard. I think the Why use IATI? page may fall foul of this… I think it sometimes refers to IATI data, and sometimes the standard. I wonder if it would be better to split this page into two.
As a process point: I can’t speak for others, but I struggled a bit to provide feedback via the typeform. The form doesn’t provide space for long-form responses. But it felt difficult to provide useful feedback without this, so I’ve provided it here instead.