News & Updates

Newsletters

Vermont Insights newsletters are emailed periodically to highlight important updates on the site.  They also include happenings in Vermont's early childhood landscape and our progress in creating an early childhood data reporting system. Our latest and archived newsletters can be found on our publications page.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our Vermont Insights newsletter.

Website Updates

New content and features are added to Vermont Insights every two to four weeks. The Vermont Insights team manages these updates in "sprints," which are periods when the team focuses on specific aspects of website development (e.g. programming new functional features, creating reports or Community Data Profiles, outreach to acquire new data, etc.). When a sprint is complete, new features are thoroughly tested, content is double-checked, and quality assurance checks occur before they are released on the site.

Below is a list of updates to Vermont Insights since March 1, 2016 (Sprint 28) - our last site redesign. Click on the sprint dates to display or hide details behind each release/update.

Sprints 41 - February 28, 2017

Reports

Features

  • New Homepage banner and adjusted layout

Sprints 40 - January 11, 2017

Reports

Sprints 39 - December 20, 2016

Sprints 38 - November 7, 2016

Reports

Features

  • Updated Community Data Profile styles (layout, font, colors, etc.) to mirror previous changes applied to the reports.
  • Removed the introductions and findings narrative sections within the Community Data Profiles to limit the amount of text-rich visuals.
  • Updated the loading dialog for reports and Community Data Profiles.

Sprints 37 - October 12, 2016

Reports

Features

  • Newsletter sign-up feature moved from the homepage to all web page footers for easy accessibility.
  • Responsive design added to all webpage footers for easy readability on mobile and tablet devices.

Sprints 36 - September 12, 2016

Sprints 34 & 35 - August 18, 2016

Reports

Features

  • New layout/user interface applied to all reports
    • Banner added containing the report title
    • Introduction, Background, Analyses, Limitations, Findings, and References tabs moved to a single "Narratives" tab for streamlined navigation
    • Two column layout so users can view charts, tables, maps, and narratives in conjunction with information about the data sources, data stewards, and report resources (e.g., print option)
    • Chart, table, and map filter options moved above the displays and can be shown or hidden with a single click
    • Chart enhancements:
      • Feature added to allow users to click and keep open chart tooltips
      • Legend (statewide trendline value) added to the charts that use the United States Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) data
      • Line chart point sizes increased for readability
      • Fonts sizes increased for readability
      • Font styles change to create consistency between those used in the charts and those in the reports
      • Bar and line colors brightened for readability, including an increased contrast to the confidence interval lines drawn (charts using the United States Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) data)
    • Responsive design so reports can be view on tablets and mobile devices
  • Link added to the homepage banner so users can view all reports on the Explore page
  • Link added to the homepage banner so users can view all Community Data Profiles on the Explore page
  • New website footer with quick links and access to the Vermont Insights Facebook page

In Development (Not Released):

  • New "Featured Report" section on the homepage to highlight 6 reports, including information about whether they are new and/or had a data update
  • New "Partners" section on the homepage to showcase our ongoing partnership with the Vermont State Data Center at the University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies

Sprint 33 - June 14, 2016

Reports


In Development (Not Released):

  • Development of the new STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) monthly report completed. User testing phase was started.

Features

  • New Data Security page
    • Details Vermont Insights' data acquisition, storage, and secuirty procedures.
  • The 5th Annual Data Stewards and Stakeholders Meeting Program Brochure (April 11, 2016) was published on the Publications page.
  • Audit tracking implemented
    • Allows Vermont Insights to evaluate how users are navigating and using the site.

Sprint 32 - May 20, 2016

Reports

Community Data Profiles

In Development (Not Released):

  • Community Data Profile builder
    • Development of a user interface to allow the team to easily build Community Data Profiles from existing reports on Vermont Insights.

Features

In Development (Not Released):

  • Prototype of the user account registration pages, with editable account details and access to the report generator and Community Data Profile Builder.

Sprint 31 - April 25, 2016

Reports

Community Data Profiles

  • Con Hogan Trend Line Collection report (update)
    • Loading errors for the high school graduation rate chart were fixed.
  • Fixed loading issues across all Community Data Profiles. A user will now be notified if a loading error occurred (instead of a constant loading state).

Sprint 30 - April 7, 2016

Reports

Community Data Profiles

In Development (Not Released):

  • Building Bright Futures Regional Profiles
    • Default narratives added to the master template controling the 12 Building Bright Futures Regional Profiles

Features


In Development (Not Released):

  • Prototype of the user account registration pages developed

Sprint 29 - March 28, 2016

Reports

Community Data Profiles

In Development (Not Released):

  • Building Bright Futures Regional Profiles
    • Developed the prototype/layout for the 12 Building Bright Futures Regional Profiles, added figures, and tested basic functionality

Features

  • Report figure titles, displays (Google charts, tables, and maps), and footnotes change based on the geography selected (Step 1 option selection)
  • Radio button feature developed for filter options (report figure titles, displays (Google charts, tables, and maps), and footnotes change based on the radio button selected)
  • Default Google chart configurations updated
  • Option to hide or show Google chart annotations/data labels added to added reports containing line charts

Sprint 28 - March 1, 2016 (Site Redesign)

Features

  • Vermont Insights homepage (update)
    • Complete redesign - modern/responsive (mobile-friendly), brighter colors, and enhanced layout
    • Redesign focused on user feedback and usability (faster access to reports, Community Data Profiles, and other content)
    • Four primary sections:
      1. Banner - allows users to "jump to" highlighted content on the site
      2. Report Topics
      3. Community Data Profiles
      4. Early Childhood Questions (essential questions)
    • Seven sub-sections
      1. Search (entire site, including reports, community data profiles, questions, and sub-pages within the navigation bar (About, Resources, Contact, etc.))
      2. "Previously Viewed" content feature (for returning users, view the pages recently accessed)
      3. Newsletter signup
      4. Social media sharing feature
      5. News & Updates page link added
      6. Coming Soon page link added
      7. Contact link for data contributors
  • Explore page (new)
    • When users click a report topic or community data profile on the homepage, they are redirected to this page which lists the content associated with their selection
    • Users can also search the entire site (regardless of the topic or community data profile selections)
    • Results display a link (title of page, report, or community data profile) as well as a brief introduction to the page
    • Responsive design (mobile-friendly)
  • Early Childhood Questions page (update)
    • Expandable/clickable list of the early childhood stakeholder questions driving much of the data collection in Vermont Insights
    • Within the questions are important sub-questions and a description of the importance behind each
    • New banner image
    • Responsive design (mobile-friendly)
  • News & Updates page (new)
  • Coming Soon page (new)
  • Publications page (new)
  • FAQ page (new)
  • Lucene search engine (update)
    • Search engine in Vermont Insights refined so returned search results include the page title, a brief introduction describing the page, and a link to take users directly to the page's content.
  • Search bar and social media sharing buttons added to all pages in Vermont Insights (new)
  • Navigation bar and footer (update)
    • Narrative updates, pages refined, and new styles added
    • Added "Profiles" option to navigation bar for the Community Data Profiles
  • Page URI's updated for search engine optimization purposes (SEO)
    • For example, instead of a report page's link not being related to the report content (vermontinsights.org/site/page/861), it was modified to include content details (vermontinsights.org/low-birth-weight-babies) for public sharing and SEO purposes.

Reports

Community Data Profiles

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