National Association of
Affordable Housing Lenders
Strategic Technology Solutions recently worked with the Program Manager
at the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL) to design
a Conference database.
- Background/Purpose Design a database to track conference
attendees, conference revenue and generate reports, forms letters, labels
and badges for the NAAHL 2001 Annual Conference. Organization Size - 5
- Current Use of Database NAAHL has a flat table in Access
with over 100 fields to track information on their membersa few
fields note the different conferences but there was not a specialized
database to track Conference attendees.
- Time Importance - there was an immediate need centered around
the March 2001 NAAHL conference registrations were coming in and
they wanted to enter them into a database system; the project started
in January 2001 and lasted about 3 weeks
- Implementation and design the client already had Access
2000 installed on the network. We used the Access 2000 wizard as a template
for our conference database. While we started with the wizard, we added
fields to tables, changed field labels and types, modified screens, created
customized queries, and custom designed reports to meet the needs of NAAHL.
- Training Working with one contact person, the program
manager, a lot time was spent showing her how to modify existing tables,
add fields and change field properties. We also covered: how to create
a database relation, identify related tables, edit existing forms (add
and delete fields and change field properties), and design queries. Training
was also provided on how to: design specialized reports, define the different
types of report lines (header, title, footer, record and detail lines),
create totals, sums, counts and calculated fields, and merging from the
database, merging from MS Word. In addition, phone support was provided.
- The Success of the Project There was no need to purchase
additional software--Access 2000 was already on their network; the Program
Manager grasped the database concepts quickly and after two training sessions
was able to produce and design reports on her own; investing in training,
NAAHL now has a staff person with database expertise.
- Long Range Plans While the conference database was an
immediate need, NAAHL has decided to design a centralized database system
that will track members, dues payments and renewals, service on committees,
and conference registration . This will begin after their Annual Conference.
The data design from the existing project will be incorporated into the