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Olsen, R., Huck, R., Schmidt, I., Hruby, R., & Gentry, N. (2022). Bridges to Hope: Creating a Cloud-Based Data Management Platform. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Bridges to Hope is a non-profit that helps men and women recently released from correctional institutions transition to a productive life after their release. Reentrants can visit the organization to receive basic household furnishings, clothing, and personal hygiene products, as well as connections to services in the area. Previously, Bridges to Hope kept track of visitor records by hand using paper and pencil and occasionally transferred the data to computer spreadsheets. These documents included demographic and incarceration information for each of the visitors in addition to the quantity of each item that the reentrant received that visit.
To address these difficulties, the Design Studio team designed and implemented a top-of-the- line data management system to replace the paper and pencil forms that were previously used. The new web-based application increased the ease of tracking this detailed information. Security was at the forefront of all development, from the database and data access layers built to prevent corruption, to the web client enforced with extensive authentication. Additionally, the software allows the non-profit to generate comprehensive reports that quantify the organization’s impact on the community.