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Methodology and Timeline

The entire project was conducted in three stages over the course of 21 months starting in September 2002. The first stage focused on the refinement of the idea of a State-Local Gateway and the selection of applications to be included in the prototype. The second stage was the development of the Prototype, and the final stage consisted of prototype testing and refinement. After the prototype development, field testers across NYS were recruited to evaluate the Prototype in terms of ease of use, usefulness, convenience, and speed, and to compare it to the current method of working. The field test also elicited information about policy and management implications of developing a fully-functioning State-Local Gateway in NYS. In terms of tasks and products, the phases were organized as shown in Table 2.