Education Cannot Wait Digital Leap with Vardot Expertise

Revolutionizing Education: Education Cannot Wait Digital Transformation with Vardot's Web Development Guidance

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Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is a UNICEF-administered project that funds educational initiatives for children living amid humanitarian crises, including wars, natural disasters, and political and economic turmoil. ECW supports and protects holistic learning outcomes for refugee, internally displaced, and other crisis-affected girls and boys in many of the world’s most destabilized regions.

Driven by a vision of a world where all children and youth affected by crises can learn free of cost, in safety and without fear, ECW works to foster the necessary political, operational, and financial commitment to meet the educational needs of children in the world’s crisis zones and provide responses that is fast, agile, and conducive to the development of sustainable educational systems.

ECW’s primary communications vehicle is its website at educationcannotwait.org. The organization relies heavily on this site to communicate with its key stakeholders, which include governments, other UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other actors in the humanitarian aid world as well as current and potential public and private donors. 

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The Problem 

ECW relies heavily on its website, educationcannotwait.org, to engage with key stakeholders including governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and donors. However, the original WordPress site was outdated and lacked user-friendliness in design and functionality.
It presented challenges in content management, hindering effective dissemination of information and updates. Recognizing the need for a revamped website to better communicate its global impact and align with UN web design standards, ECW was looking for a solution to bridge the gap and enhance its online presence.

The Solution 

We began our work with ECW with a series of discovery exercises, including meetings with key stakeholders, focus groups, and an analysis of requirements. Through this process we concluded that the client’s needs could not be addressed through any quick fixes and that an entirely new website was required.
Once we had completed the discovery phase, we developed a user journey map together with the client that informed the subsequent design of the site. This map informed our content strategy, which included a new layout for the site’s main menu.

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Additional Valuable Outcomes 

We translated our findings from the discovery phase into designs and wireframes. New features would include an interactive world map, an optimized news section, an easy-to-navigate resource library, and an organizational structure that emphasizes real people’s stories and ECW’s impact.

  • For hosting, we opted for Acquia Cloud, which offered unparalleled reliability, scalability, and security. Security was of particular importance to the client, given the data protection requirements of the UN, and Acquia’s enhanced security features together with Drupal’s well-established robustness proved to be the perfect combination. The Acquia platform also ensured stable site performance at all levels of web traffic while also providing enhanced content management tools.
  • As for the original website's content management and data display issues, we started from scratch, implementing the new site on the most powerful and robust CMS available: Drupal. The new back end we developed significantly enhanced content management ease and efficiency while rendering data in a clear, accessible manner. We also provided the client with training on the new CMS, thus providing them the tools to continually update this dynamic new site.

The ECW project was a top-to-bottom transformation of a largely static site into a dynamic, engaging digital hub befitting the dynamic and ambitious organization it represents.

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The Results

The launch of the new ECW site was almost immediately accompanied by an increase in page views and session durations and decreased bounce rates, as well as a noticeable upticks in site revisits and positive public mentions and conversations around the organization. The client also conducted a post-redesign customer feedback survey, which revealed high satisfaction rates across the board.


All this work culminated in a nomination for an Acquia Engage Award for 2023 in the category of “Leaders of the Pack – NGO or Non-Profit”. In the words of Acquia’s own case study on the new site, the new site’s agility “empowers ECW to stay responsive to emerging needs and evolving circumstances [and] ensures that ECW's digital presence remains relevant and indispensable.”

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