Case Study

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) promotes global peace, stability, and justice by focusing on the important roles women play in preventing conflict, growing economies, addressing global threats, and building sustainable peace. To further this work, GIWPS developed the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index to aggregate data from multiple sources and rank 153 countries on key, comprehensive measures of women’s wellbeing, inclusion, and justice to highlight achievements and areas of concern around the world.

Forum One partnered with GIWPS in 2017 to design and develop a refreshed website that not only provides a gateway into the WPS Index, but illuminates and shares the personal stories behind the data.

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Powerful Data Visualization Meets Personal Storytelling

Visitors can explore the WPS Index in multiple ways, filtering data by country with an interactive map, comparing data across dimensions and measures, and reading compelling story highlights. Forum One’s user experience, design, and development teams also created and integrated a “Profiles in Peace” section for GIWPS to share its video content and personal accounts.

Optimized Tagging to Organize Content

Using WordPress as its CMS backbone, GIWPS is able to tag and organize site content around its top issue priorities, such as climate change and combating extremism. The team can collect resources, videos, events, blog posts, and op-eds around each topic on centralized issue pages that put the content in context.

Flexible, Accessible Design

Forum One designed and developed the GIWPS website to be fully accessible and in compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA standards, as well as Georgetown University’s own accessibility requirements, connecting all students with the GIWPS resources.

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"Forum One helped our organization to take a step back and ask the critical questions: what is our mission, who is our audience, how do we want to be known? Their technical wizards then rolled up their sleeves and delivered an engaging new website that reflected our vision. We couldn't be more pleased with the results. Forum One helped us through a high stakes website launch—we unveiled the new site, and our Women, Peace and Security Index, at the United Nations—and our web traffic has remained high ever since."

SARAH D. RUTHERFORD, Communications Manager, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security