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Showcasing the best of Creative Partnerships’ projects, research, news and events online using social networking and flexible content management.

Introducing Creative Partnerships (CP)

Creative Partnerships is the Government’s flagship creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and equipping them for their futures. CP seeks to foster innovative, long-term partnerships between schools and creative professionals.

The challenge

Creative Partnerships needed a dynamic, modern and cleanly-designed website with integrated private and public social networking capabilities to bring teachers, creative practitioners, parents and young people together. With hundreds of projects around the country, CP also needed a flexible CMS that enabled central staff and Area Delivery Organisations (ADOs) to easily upload new project case studies, resources, video and rich imagery to their own sections of the site.

What we did

We began by working with Creative Partnerships to identify their internal requirements, balancing these against the identified needs of key audience groups to create a user-centred information architecture. During the analysis we also scoped how the public and private social networking components would work; defining permissions and access to user group extranets to view specific news, projects, contact details, events and forums.

Search plays an important role in the site, with powerful faceting technology enabling users to refine their queries by relevance, Area Delivery Organisation, National Curriculum topic, chronology or alphabetically. There are also custom search tools in the Projects, Research & Resources and Forum sections. Underpinning everything is our flexible, user-friendly CMS OTHERobjects, which allows ADOs to update their own site sections with CP’s Web Editor maintaining overall editorial consistency.

The results

Creative Partnerships found OTHERobjects extremely easy to pick up and to train people in. “Training over 20 regional website administrators in how to use OTHERobjects CMS was the easiest training session I have ever run. The interface is so intuitive to use that even the most non-technical people had no trouble getting to grips with the system. Having the ability to amend any uploaded content has also given me peace of mind.” – Glen Jeffreys, Creative Partnerships.