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University of Michigan School of Information


Global Information Engagement Program - SI 688

Global Information Engagement Program

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: December 15
Project timeline: May-July
Project duration: 12 weeks
Number of projects needed: 8-12

SI 688: Global Information Engagement Program Syllabus


In the Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP), graduate students will leverage culturally responsive design thinking methods to define and implement information challenges faced by public sector organizations locally and globally. Students participate in a 3-week course in May to develop an understanding of the project and culture of the partner organization, scoping the applied work period. Student teams then work onsite at a local or global location in June-July to design and implement an information solution


  • Deliverables will vary by project and are based on the client needs and project scope. Examples may include:
    • User research reports
    • User experience testing
    • Competitive/comparative analysis
    • Information architecture analysis and updates
    • Library resource and program design and development
    • Archival and preservation planning, documentation and workflow
    • Database design and implementation
    • Website redesign or design and development
    • Data cleaning, analysis and visualization
    • Workflow redesign and implementation
    • Augmented reality/virtual reality feasibility and prototyping
    • Final presentation
    • Any and all information-related deliverables

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • Regular feedback and communication to student team based on the course schedule (up to ten hours per week)
    • Provide a secondary contact who is technical and/or who can answer questions about the datasets
    • Introduction to stakeholders and users for interviews and data gathering
    • Access to organizational data, systems and resources necessary to project completion
    • Attend final presentation
    • Complete project evaluation
  • Special requirements for the course/program 
    • Ability to host student team on-site for the duration of the program

Additional Details

  • GIEP is the most comprehensive and flexible project-based program at the School of Information. The program goals are to increase the capacity and capabilities of public sector organizations through the application of information-based methods and solutions. Students are also highly exposed to and encouraged to engage in culturally responsive information gathering and apply design thinking principles. Because a student team may provide the organization with over 1,000 hours of work time, a higher degree of commitment is expected to ensure the best use of time and effective implementation of a sustainable solution.

Past Projects

Client Testimonials

  • “The students contributed through the development and integration of three websites which market various services that we offer. They were able to condense a large volume of information and communicate the most essential. We are able to improve our ability to differentiate between services which have made it easier for prospective clients to discern what would be of interest to them. With respect to donors we are able to showcase elements that have previously been overshadowed.”
  • “Working on this year’s GIEP project has been a great experience. We were very fortunate to work with a group of students whose work has greatly benefited our organization. The unique skills brought by each student contributed to the creation of a social media policy that has enabled us to reach a wider audience with our heritage material. As a result of their work, we now have a steadily growing social media presence.”
  • “The GIEP team was professional, curious, respectful and a pleasure to work with. Having our students and staff work with them was mutually beneficial - we were afforded the luxury of having someone else produce high quality data for us, and the GIEP team was immersed in a uniquely South African context in which they had to grapple with the complexities of the legacy of apartheid.”
  • “The St. Mark’s Church Baptism project has nurtured a partnership between St Marks Church Congregation, District Six Museum, University of Michigan and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Students from the University of Michigan provided a framework to transform archived baptism records into a virtual map that physically reconnects people to District Six despite there being no physical connection due to its demolition. The visual representation of the past is a powerful mechanism to achieve societal healing and reconciliation. The conceptualisation of the project by faculty staff at the University of Michigan has ensured its success and sustainability.”

Past Clients

Contact us

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