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Design Document

Effective planning and implementation of a drug court information system begins with a design document. A design document is a report describing your information needs, including case flow and case load (e.g., approximately how many cases will the information system need to track); a list of data fields; functional requirements (e.g., color coding, drop down lists); sketches (hand-drawn are fine) of what the computer screens should look like; and any guidelines for who has access to different pieces of information.

New York State's Office of Court Administration released an application in the fall of 1999 to be used in all drug courts statewide. The following is the design document, written in early 1998, used to build this statewide system.


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