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Center for Migration Studies

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CMS Homepage

Established in 1964, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS NY) is a think tank and an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and immigrants. CMS NY works with policy-makers on international, regional, national and local levels; scholars and researchers; faith-based groups; non-governmental and community-based organizations; and other civil society groups. 

Continuing our partnerships with nonprofits and think tanks, Social Ink worked with key staff and stakeholders at the Center for Migration Studies to completely overhaul their old website. The result of our collaborative work is an immersive flagship site that serves as an introduction to the organization and a user-friendly guide to its vital research publications.

Key features of this project included advanced search and filtering of the organization’s many multimedia resources and publications, flexible contact forms, email newsletter integration, and the seamless integration of 3rd party software. The site is responsive across several browsers on multiple monitors, phones, and displays.

We’re very pleased to help CMS NY launch this dynamic new platform. Our work with them is a testament to our expertise in creating websites for think tanks and policy institutes!

In 2003, Congress passed the landmark Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), recognizing that sexual abuse is a serious and persistent problem in correctional environments. The Vera Institute of Justice helped the Johnson County Department of Corrections form a partnership with the county’s sexual assault response team (SART) and develop a comprehensive sexual assault response policy for an adult community confinement facility and a local juvenile facility. The SARTs in Corrections website reflects the project’s work and the lessons learned throughout the process and features a guide to help facilities implement the PREA standards.

Social Ink is very pleased to lead the design and development for the Sexual Assault Response Teams in Corrections’ home on the web, a site disseminating the project’s guide for community confinement and juvenile detention facilities.

The interactive site leads administrators of local community confinement and juvenile detention facilities through the steps of connecting with a local SART. Administrators can download and print each part of the guide, including training materials and participant surveys.  Social Ink completed the graphic design of the guide’s print layout and in the CMS we built a custom interface for building new chapters dynamically. The site’s responsive design makes sure users will have an easy time viewing the information on most phones, tablets, and larger monitors.

We’re very glad to have worked with researchers and administrators from the Vera Institute of Justice on this tremendously important project. The PREA SARTs site represents our continuing work on websites for foundations, nonprofits, think-tanks, and government jurisdictions.

The GDCI facilitates the exchange of ideas that help a variety of stakeholders shape streets to promote public health and safety, quality of life, multi-modal mobility, economic development, environmental sustainability and equity. GDCI believes that by working together, cities can save time and money, share lessons learned, scale up best practice implementation and more effectively achieve their policy goals and objectives.

Social Ink worked closely with the Global Designing Cities Initiative to quickly deploy their new home on the web. GDCI’s site serves as resource for seeking industry best practices in civic design and as an introduction to the organization’s comprehensive reference publication, the Global Street Design Guide.

Key features of the new web platform include an interactive map with embedded multimedia, and mobile responsive design that adapts this content for screens of various sizes. The site is powered by the open-source, user friendly WordPress CMS, providing a customized backend experience for no-code site administration and growth.

With the design and development of Global Designing Cities Initiative’s new web platform, Social Ink continues work on websites for nonprofits!

As a coalition of city transportation departments, NACTO is committed to raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities.

Social Ink worked with the National Association of City Transportation Officials to make a new web platform that represents the multifaceted policy and outreach work of the organization and serves as a resource for government, civic partners, and the general public. Through a custom WordPress CMS, NACTO can easily build information hubs around new pedestrian-friendly design standards and instantly add program-specific news, events, and publications.

Key features of NACTO’s new web platform include in depth guides and publications, annual conferences, programming, and event organizing, tiered sponsorships, and cross-content references and case studies, accessible via an ajax-enabled advanced search mechanism. As always, the site’s features responsive design that adapts the site’s layout for an array of tablets, phones, and monitors.

For NACTO’s “design guides”  for the livable streets movement, we not only imported over 1,000 documents but retrofitted templates from two different sites with multiple slideshows, images and other rich media – all while preserving link structure for existing search engine and linking compatibility.

We’re proud of our partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials, furthering our work building websites for nonprofits, civic groups, and local New York-based organizations!

The Equity Project

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Equity Project Youth

The Equity Project is an initiative to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile delinquency courts are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.

Social Ink is excited to create a web platform for The Equity Project, a nonprofit organization that examines how issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression affect youth as they move through the juvenile delinquency system. The organization provides information on state and local juvenile justice agency LGBT and nondiscrimination policies as well as training materials and technical assistance for jurisdictions.

We worked with The Equity Project’s leaders and organizational partners to overhaul the site with a new design and information architecture schema. The site is responsive across phones, tablets, and monitors.

The Equity Project’s new site represents Social Ink’s work in the space between nonprofits, government agencies, and legal jurisdictions.

There are nearly 12 million admissions to local jails annually. The Safety and Justice Challenge is an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

Social Ink is thrilled to spearhead the web design and development for the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, a major initiative working toward nationwide jail reform. Working alongside policy and research leaders at the Vera Institute of Justice, the website provides a staging platform for the grant-seeking competition, as well as issue-related resources, research and reports, and as an ongoing way to track progress by selected jurisdictions.

Additions to the site for the Phase 2 launch include an interactive map highlighting the Challenge’s site profiles and a resources section detailing research on the nation’s over-reliance on its jails and prison system. The site’s responsive design ensures the layout adapts for an array of tablets, phones, and larger monitors.

As a flagship site in early 2015, The MacArthur Safety Justice and Challenge represents our work in the nexus between nonprofits, think-tanks, foundations, and government jurisdictions.

IUCN Global Gender Office

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Knowledge Center Overview

The IUCN –International Union for Conservation of Nature—is an intergovernmental organization comprised of over 1,200 members, including more than 200 government and more than 900 non-government organizations. The Global Gender Office (GGO) contributes towards IUCN’s vision and mission by providing innovative approaches, technical support, policy development and capacity building to a wide range of partners, ensuring gender equality is central to sustainable global environmental solutions.

Continuing our work building websites for nonprofits, Social Ink worked alongside key stakeholders at the Global Gender Office to overhaul their old, static site into a dynamic, CMS-powered resource center for initiatives, outreach and resources.

When we built the GGO website, we had to figure out a way for staff to include various stakeholders from sites scattered across the globe, standardizing metadata for various content types and integrating it with a new Knowledge Center – an advanced interface for resources and research, and a range of other content types.

Additionally, we built an interactive and filterable map, pulling from the live website database of resources, allowing staff to post a resource, a filter/tag, and have it populate in various sections of the site from archives, to “related content”, to maps.

Other key features of the project include immersive, immersive, high resolution photography, information architecture consulting to organize and optimize a wealth of work and knowledge resources, automated translation via Google Translate, and email newsletter integration.

Catholic Medical Mission Board

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Home Catholic Medical Mission Board

Continuing our mission in working with organizations that engage human rights – including gender-equality and access to healthcare – across the world, Social Ink recently partnered with the Catholic Medical Mission Board, an NYC-based nonprofit that supplies funds and organizes around the world.

Together with key staff we helped design a site from scratch, emphasizing eye-catching statistics, mission-based work and engaging donors across multiple campaigns.  Integration with third party software – such as MailChimp – rounded out the project.

New Economy Project

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New Economy Project Homepage

The New Economy Project works with community groups to build an economy that works for all, based on principles of cooperation, democracy, equity, racial justice, and ecological sustainability.

Continuing our work developing websites for nonprofits and progressive organizations, Social Ink was thrilled to create a brand new web presence for the New Economy project, helping create sustained campaigns challenging corporate actions threatening communities and perpetuating inequality.

Project-specific work included information architecture analysis and consulting, IT and launch support, collaboration and consulting with third party designers, and specific components such as sliders, feeds, customizable templates, newsletter integration with Mailchimp, social media integration, search, and  dynamic sidebars.

The Vera Institute’s new Status Offense Reform Center joins experts with lawmakers in proposing alternatives to the criminal justice system, especially around juvenile justice sentencing.

With team members at Vera’s SORC initiative, we workshopped around accessibility, audience, and user interface and experience (UI UX), building a site from the ground up, with a ‘soup to nuts’ scope ranging from visual identity to web-side information architecture and database design.  A key move for SORC was the inclusion of publications both on and offsite, a dynamic, meta-data driven filtering system, and a dynamic “how-to” toolkit for interested stakeholders.

The SORC team is doing great advocacy and educational work toward reform in New York City and throughout America; as part of our continued work with web design for nonprofits (and other organizations), Social Ink is proud to outfit them with the right tools for the job.

The Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) works to expand understanding and use of cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice. CBKB is a project of New York’s Vera Institute of Justice.

As part of our continuing work with the Vera Institute of Justice, Social Ink worked closely with CBKB to rewrite the underlying codebase and platform for their website. In addition to fundamental programming rewrites, we reviewed the site for UI and UX (user interface and user experience) issues, trimming away and streamlining areas for a more accessible and less disorienting user experience.

We’re proud of our continuing work building websites for nonprofits with the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based organization working toward justice reform and advocacy across an array of sectors and disciplines.

Justice and Health Connect aims to increase the ability of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems.

We worked together with the Vera Institute team responsible for the project to create a logomark, visual identity and an advanced system to accommodate and provide access to the vast library of data they were publishing.  Integrating mailing list, print-only modes and filtration systems created a challenging, inspiring work environment with results we’re quite proud to share.  Together with JHConnect, we remain committed to projects involving public health and civil rights issues.

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