Forio teamed up with ReThink Health’s Bobby Milstein to update his organization’s innovative simulation. We enhanced the user experience and moved the simulation from the our previous platform, Simulate, to our current platform, Epicenter.
The ReThink Health simulation allows policy makers to explore different interventions designed to improve the health of their communities. Within the simulation, users select initiatives and funding sources or strategies, and then group these selections into “scenarios” for easy comparison. For public policy professionals, the simulation is an opportunity for experimentation, and provides powerful insights into the impacts of decisions. In addition to selecting initiatives, users can adjust and play with “what-if” scenarios for different levels of funding and reinvestment, and for different durations and impacts of each initiative.
Updating the simulation design required several innovations. First, the details of the policy interventions mean that the simulation includes hundreds of unique charts. Our design and development teams introduced an intuitive navigation design pattern that, together with an intelligently crafted code base, allows for the data to be loaded quickly and accessed easily — without overloading either the computer or the user. Additionally, our designers created a “chable,” a new design element that combines the comparative power of a chart with the data absorption ease of a table, so that users can quickly review results of their scenarios.
In 2015, the ReThink Health simulation was used at the inaugural NASPAA competition for graduate students in public policy. Read more about how the simulation was used in our blog, or just watch a video of the competition.