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How to use the Web Tool

For each research project in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Portfolio Analysis Reports, all of the information collected to generate these reports is accessible in this online database. This data includes the project title, principal investigator, annual funding amount, IACC Strategic Plan Question and Objective codes, and project descriptions.

Select funding year – To begin, first select the year of data that you would like to view by using the drop-down box in the top right corner of the page. Then the data can be filtered, sorted, or searched using the filter and search functions of the web tool.

Filter function – The projects may be filtered by Strategic Plan Question or Funder by checking a single checkbox or multiple checkboxes within the filter section. When a checkbox is checked, the results appear within the result table just below the filter section.

Sort function – Clicking at the top of a column of the data will sort all of the projects in the database by the entry in that column. For example, clicking on the "Title " column will sort all of the projects alphabetically by their titles, and clicking on the "Strategic Plan Question " column will sort the projects according to the question in the Strategic Plan to which they correspond.

Export function – The table returned by the filter and search functions can be exported to a PDF document or an Excel spreadsheet by clicking on the icon or text on the right of the screen. To export only a few select projects from the list, check the box to the left of each project of interest and then click "Export." To export the current page, click the "Export" checkbox within the header of the table and choose the format of the export.

Search function – The database can also be used to identify research on a particular topic area of interest Using keywords, a search tool enables inquiries based on more specific parameters, for example a search on the term "environment "will return all projects with that word somewhere in their database entry.

The search function supports OR, AND, and NOT as boolean operators.

Unless another operator is specified, the default operator will always be OR. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching project if either of the terms exist in a project.

Example: To search for documents that contain either "diagnostic scale" or just "symptom" use the query: "diagnostic scale" symptom (where the OR will be the default operator) or "diagnostic scale" OR symptom

The AND operator matches projects where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single project.

Example: To search for projects that contain "children" and "diagnosis" use the query: "children AND diagnosis"

The NOT operator excludes projects that contain the term after NOT. To search for projects that contain "children" but not "nonverbal" use the query: "children NOT nonverbal" Note: Obviously the NOT operator cannot be used with just one term. For example, the following search will return no results: NOT "children"

Example: To search for documents that contain "adults" but not "communication" use the query: "adults" -"communications"

The more relevant the project, the higher up it is on the list that the search returns. In addition to being able to search on a particular keyword, "shortcuts" for Funders, Strategic Plan Questions, and Objectives may be entered into the keyword box to obtain the desired result. For example, 'nih' AND 'q1sa' will yield "National Institutes of Health" and "Strategic Plan Objective: Question 1 Short-term Objective A" projects. The keyword shortcuts for the funder name and Strategic Plan Objective are derived from their acronym name.

Browse by section – The database can be browsed by category, such as "Funder," "Strategic Plan Question "or" Objective, "or" Subcategory. "This would identify all of the projects that are supported by a particular funder, the projects that are categorized in a particular question or objective of the IACC Strategic Plan,or the projects that fall within a particular subcategory, respectively.

Projects identified by a filter and/or search function are displayed in a table with each row representing a different project. Information associated with each project (e.g., Title, Funding, etc.) is arranged in columns

Within a row, clicking on a project's title will open a pop-out box which will show all of the information available for that particular project, including some details that are not included within the main table, such as the "Project Description." Additionally, clicking on a specific "Subcategory "or" Strategic Plan Objective" identified in the table will lead to a new table which lists all projects with that label.

In addition, browsing by "Funder, " "Strategic Plan Question, "or " Subcategory " also produces pie charts showing the distribution of funding for the year of interest across funders, the seven Strategic Plan questions, and the subcategories within a question, respectively Additional graphs indicating the annual funding for ASD research by individual funders from 2008 to 2010 (where available) are shown by clicking on the link to each item in the yellow box on the main page.