For more than eight decades, The W.E. Upjohn Institute has studied the impact of unemployment and explored innovative ways to help those most effected. They have a large team of researchers that analyze the economic policies contributing to unemployment and share their findings through books, newsletters, working papers, and online outlets.
Over the years, the Upjohn Institute has collected a wealth of research knowledge on topics related to labor and unemployment, which is maintained through three online databases. Gravity Works worked with their team to create a website that integrates with these databases and helps their team promote featured research. Robust search functionality helps users access information that relates to specific topics across all databases. We built a website to help the Upjohn Institute continue their rich legacy of educating others on the importance of a strong, healthy workforce.
The new Upjohn Institute website makes it easy to access up-to-date information about the causes and effects of unemployment on the economy. All research content is pulled from their databases using bepress, an institutional repository software.
Data is organized on the website by major research areas – Education & Workforce Development, Economic Development, Labor Market Issues, and Social Safety Net.
Within each research area, the data is further organized by topic. This website structure allows users to locate specific research and explore other related issues. Upjohn administrators can determine which research to feature on the homepage and on specific topic pages.
As a publication-based website, the Upjohn Institute needed an advanced, full-text search to help people find data using various keywords and phrases. Our team accomplished this goal using Solr, an open source search platform written in Java. Solr can index across multiple websites or databases and return recommendations for related content based on the user's search query.
The Upjohn Institute has been at the forefront of economic research for nearly a century, which has allowed them to establish long-term relationships with renowned economists, local and national news outlets, and the U.S. Department of Labor. We wanted the new website design to feel sleek and modern, yet still possess the professionalism and practicality their audience may want. The homepage includes a prominent search bar and a variety of featured elements including research, products, and experts – which administrators can easily update.
The Upjohn Institute consists of a large in-house team of experts including researchers, analysts, and a few prominent visiting scholars and fellows. Gravity Works designed and built a staff directory to give each member a biography that can proudly display their expertise. The bio pages consist of a photo, summary, and contact information. Staff members are also tagged according to their area of expertise (e.g. retirement & pensions) and associated with their research papers.