The NICHQ Collaboratory comprises several different sections, though depending on the particular site to which you have access you may not have all available. Each primary section—the Feed, Events, PDSAs, Resources, and Members—provides a listing of related content, filterable by keyword or various tags and other data associated with that content. You can access these sections using the main menu link just below the CoLab site name (1).
From each of these primary sections, you can then view the details of a particular post by clicking its title. Below is a brief overview of each of the primary sections of the site.
Once logged into the site, the feed becomes your homepage. It aggregates ideas, questions, wins, and resources posted by community members—and alerts you to upcoming events and any important project-wide announcements. The feed also offers a quick way to comment on other members' posts.
Events may be internal to the project (created by site moderators) or convened by an outside entity and categorized as external (created by you, or the site moderators). This section organizes events into those that are upcoming and those that have already passed.
PDSAs, or "Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles", is a listing of all tests of change ideas submitted by members to learn if a particular change will bring about improvement. As teams work through a cycle they may return to a particular PDSA form and add additional detail, marking it as "Submitted" once complete.
Users may submit resources either by uploading their own file or by linking to an existing file or webpage containing the content they would like to share with other members of the community. Resources may also be referenced by events.
The Members section is a directory of all project participants, with summary information comprising their profile photo, their name, their team affiliation(s), and their email address for quick reference. All users—including site moderators—are listed here.