The Business Challenge
The Denver Developmental Materials were originally developed in the 1960's to encourage the early identification of children with developmental problems by those in close contact with them: health professionals, education and social service providers. The goal was to create easy, quick, and simple standardized tests to administer and interpret.
One of these tests, the DENVER II, is a standardized test to screen for developmental delays. It originated as a paper test with a number of levels and numeric scales that were easy to calculate on paper but extremely difficult to build as an online application. It contains the different levels of developmental abilities that children should have in certain percentiles on a sliding age scale. The form pinpoints the different tasks a child can perform to measure their developmental skills and identifies if further testing is needed.
Denver Developmental Materials approached Amadeus Consulting to tackle what they were previously told could not be done: take the DENVER II Test Form online. DDM hoped Amadeus Consulting would be able to identify a way to complete the project that had been started by another company and then rejected as impossible or cost prohibitive.
Amadeus Consulting prides itself on doing the hard stuff - even stuff most other software consulting firms wouldn't touch. We found the solution to DDM's unique problem was to use Microsoft Silverlight to create an online test that kept the exact same look and feel of the paper test, an extremely important factor to Denver Developmental Material's branding scheme. The online version also functions in the same way as the paper form. In addition, Amadeus Consulting designed and built the e-commerce portion of the Web site so buyers can easily purchase the DENVER II online. The application was successfully deployed in late November 2008.