also wanted to provide a quick, convenient way for residents to report repair requests easily and efficiently.
Manifesto kicked off the design journey with a user research stage involving 2 workshops, site visits to the contact centre and a resident survey. We also conducted one-to-one interviews with 12 stakeholders from around the business to build an understanding of what they did, their current ways of working, and their ambitions for the future. The aim was to determine the needs and preferences of multiple kinds of user, to design journeys which would help them access required information quickly and easily.
An innovative new feature for requesting repairs uses a conversational interface to help guide tenants towards the actions that will get them help fastest. Condensing thousands of decision tree options down into a simple conversation with a human-like assistant, the ‘report a repair’ feature attempts to mirror the experience of the contact centre, and help tenants get fast access to the information they need.
The new site launched on Wednesday 8th November 2017. Built in just 11 weeks on Drupal 8. In the first month after launch, the new site, with its improved information architecture and redesigned user journeys, saw over 60,000 unique page views. The ‘report a repair’ form, mirroring the experience delivered by the contact centre, but using fewer resources, successfully fielded over 21,000 interactions.