Providing tools to build job readiness skills for Goodwill’s GoodProspects

A case study in tool design and development

GoodProspects is a network of 164 independent, communities-based Goodwills in North America offering customized job training, employment placement and other services to people in need of employment assistance. In 2016, seeking to build several new interactive financial tools to enhance GoodProspects’ free virtual career navigation platform, Goodwill turned to Blue Water.

The Solution:

Blue Water developed a custom interactive Drupal module for the Tax Refund Planning Tool, providing scoring using Javascript to calculate the fields, weighted recommendations, and dynamically integrated content based on user’s responses. Existing code was also adapted and customized for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Eligibility Tool and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site Locator. To house the tools, a new landing page was created with banners and a takeover screen to drive traffic. A new section called Improve My Financial Skills, including a custom module to interact with the quiz module, was also developed.

The Outcome:

Access to the new financial skills tools enables visitors to much needed information for filing taxes, determining eligibility for free tax-filing assistance and credit, plus help with managing their funds responsibly, thereby helping improve their financial skills and overall employment outlook.

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