Changeroo was my first mid-sized project, though never worked on a small to medium sized codebase, I decided to take on the challenge to build the first version of the portal of my clients web app. Changeroo is mainly a design and visualisation tool for Theories of Change.
Theory of Change (ToC) is a specific type of methodology for planning, participation, and evaluation that is used in the philanthropy, not-for-profit and government sectors to promote social change. Theory of Change defines long-term goals and then maps backward to identify necessary preconditions.
The portal of this web app was decoupled from the web interface that provides the functionality that lets you visualise a Theory of Change, which was build by Unc Inc, whom I had to work with to manage some functionality. The portal was my full responsibility, so I had to make most programming design choices by myself, with the help and permission of my client.
Some of the functionalities I had to build include:
- Communication and passing on user roles to the Web Interface through Google Firebase.
- Registration and authentication (both local and with JWT for use with Firebase).
- Managing stakeholders, organisations, and the data that is needed to create a Theory of Change.
- Build the ToC Academy, a page where users could read in on how to use the application, and important papers regarding change. This was achieved using an external Wordpress website as a JSON API, pulling and converting this data in through my back-end, and then caching it with Redis.
A beta version of the portal had already been build in Ruby on Rails. I have decided to start out with a clean slate because I was not content with the current design.
I am not a designer however, and because a new interface design wasn't really my job, I have decided to freestyle it a bit, falling back onto the current design options when time was of the essence. This is what the current version of the portal looks like:
With ~ 75 routes, I consider this a medium sized project, that I have handed over succesfully to my client, and enjoyed working on. You can visit Changeroo here.
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