The BC Generations Project unveiled a fresh new look for its website on July 20, 2015. More than just an update of its technology and design, the new website reflects an important transition in the Project’s purpose and activities.
“Our old website was designed specifically around helping us recruit participants into the study,” explains Eunice Rousseau, Project Manager. “Now that we have nearly 30,000 people enrolled, our focus has shifted more to member retention – ensuring our existing participants remain engaged with us over the long term.”
The new website features more extensive information for participants about how to access their online member account to complete additional questionnaires and update their contact information. An important new feature is the Impact section, which describes the research studies using BC Generations data and samples and the questions they hope to answer. This section will grow continuously as new studies come on board and publish their results.
“Our participants have shown great interest in how their data and samples will be used for research,” says Ms. Rousseau. “We’re excited to be able to share more information with them.”
The website is also expanding its scope to become a portal for researchers seeking to access the Project’s data and biosamples. Once fully launched later this fall, this section will allow researchers to browse through hundreds of data variables that can be used for studies into the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases.