Keywords Tutorial

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Hi, and welcome to our tutorial on how to add and change keywords. Assigning keywords to your project helps other users find and learn about your work on our website. By rating each keyword’s importance within your project, Project Smart Search can more effectively match your project to users’ interests.


Each project on the website has several keywords assigned to that project, either by the PI of the project or by our partner group, Abt, who did portfolio analyses of all of the projects.  The keywords should capture the different parameters of the project.  However, we encourage members of the projects to update or adjust the keywords to be as accurate as possible.


Project members can change these keywords any time.  Just go to your project’s page (for an example, I will go to the CADRE project).  Notice the blue box at the top of the page.  These are all of the keywords currently associated with my project.  I can change those words or add keywords by clicking on the Edit Tab. I then scroll down to the Keywords section.  Notice that there are 5 different keyword sections or parameters: Target Audience, Products, Project Type, Challenge Area and Project Focus.  Each of these links contains a menu of different keyword options. 


Let’s walk through the different Keyword menus.


Products.  This menu contains keywords the describe products created over the course of the project, such as curriculum or a book.

Project Focus.  This menu is broken down into two submenus: content area and topic area. 

                The Content area submenu contains keywords that describe the subject matter covered by the project, such as mathematics or engineering.

                The Topic area submenu contains keywords that describe education topics discussed in the project, such as English language learners or assessment.

Project Type. This menu is also broken down into submenus: data collection approach and research type.

                The Data collection approach submenu contains keywords that describe the type of data collection used by the project, such as observation or focus group.

                The Research type submenu contains keywords that describe the type of research being done by the project, such as longitudinal or case study.

 Target Audience. This menu is broken down into 3 submenus: age/grade level, population and setting.

                The Age/grade level submenu contains keywords that describe the age or grade level that is the target of the project, such as elementary school or adults.

                The Population submenu contains keywords that describe the population that is the target of the project, such as general public or African American.

                The Setting submenu contains keywords that describe the educational setting(s) of the project, such as community college or informal.

Challenge Area.  This menu contains keywords that describe areas of the project that you might find challenging, such as replication or sampling. This is the one menu in Project Smart Search that does not describe the project itself. This menu of keywords is important, since it will let other researchers and educators connect on project difficulties and may even aid in problem solving.



To change or add keywords to your project simply go to each link and choose the keywords that best fit your project.  For example, for CADRE, I could go into Project Focus, look under Topic area and choose Assessment as a keyword.  Notice that when I choose Assessment a number pops up.  This is how you rate each of your keywords.  For ex. Assessment is certainly part of our project, but it is not a huge piece. On a scale of 1-100 (where a keyword rated 1 is part of the project but of minimal importance and a keyword rated 100 is a central focus of the project), I would check the Assessment box and give Assessment the weight of 25.


I will then do that for each of the different parameters, choosing any keywords that are applicable and weighting those keywords.


Once you are done choosing and rating the keywords for your project, scroll to the bottom of the page and click save.


This was our quick tutorial on how to add and change keywords.  We hope this will be helpful to you and will enable you to connect with researchers, or learn about projects that interest you. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact the CADRE leadership team.  Thanks.