Our Contributions

  • Strategy Consulting
  • UX - User Experience Research
  • IA - Information Architecture
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Testing & QA
  • Analytics & Optimization
  • Web Support
  • Accessibility Compliance

Technologies Used

  • Drupal CMS
  • Solr Search
  • Acquia Enterprise


Established in 1996, the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor that provides free assistance to researchers interested in the CMS data. As a CMS contractor, ResDAC provides assistance to academic, non-profit, for-profit, and government researchers. Their staff members have diverse skills and backgrounds, including epidemiology, public health, health services research, statistics, and health informatics. ResDAC faculty are actively involved in research using Medicare and Medicaid data. The ResDAC Assistance Desk is staffed by masters level Technical Advisors and Executive Advisors with specialized training on federal privacy rules.

The ResDAC website was launched as a Drupal site in 2012. Due to its age, they wanted to revise the site both in terms of visual design and some aspects of functionality. Major functional issues involve the search feature, identification of specific data request materials, workshop registration and administrative tools. Due to Nighthawk Marketing's extensive experience with Drupal, along with our proven track record of working with State and Federal government agencies, ResDAC hired us to work on this highly-visible project.