How do I add all the resources in my area?
You will be creating a robust set of resource information on One Degree for your community that will include hundreds of organizations and each of the services they offer. This is a lot of information to gather!
We learned that the key to doing this work is to stay organized. The checklist below ensures that you stay on track.
Checklist for Creating A Community Resources Database on One Degree
- Form your team. Invite 1-4 people to help you get started. It’s beneficial to find someone with knowledge of community resources, like a social worker or case manager, they can help connect you to resource information.
- Collect resource information. Gather recent resource information by requesting resource binders, resource guides or resource lists from nonprofits or government agencies. Tip: resources guides are usually published in PDF or spreadsheet form online, download as many as you can find.
- Create a master list. Once you have resource guides, you will need to organize the organizations so each team member can start the data entry process. The master list is shared with every team member. This list keeps track of all the organizations, team member assignments, and the completion status. Download a sample master list.
- Submit resource information. This will be the most time-intensive step in the process. Your team will need to verify each organization and its services and submit them to One Degree for review and publication. Team members working on submitting resources should read through our FAQs here. You can also view our webinar on the subject here.
- Track your progress. Our Resource Management team will provide you with custom tools for measuring your progress. We use several key indicators to understand the breadth, depth and data quality of your resource database.
- Expand your team. Keep growing your team throughout the process so you can increase the volume of resources being added to your database.