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HAVA Partners’ Cutting Edge Training Simulations

HAVA Partners’ clients use innovative training simulations to teach poll workers how to set up, operate and close down the Diebold voting equipment. The simulations, based on video technology but cleaner and interactive, allow poll workers to learn the steps by practicing them.

The custom simulations were developed by HAVA Partners, a leader in the area of online poll worker training. The simulations present the voting equipment in 3 stages: demonstration, guided walk through, and practice. In addition to the procedures, the simulations include how to complete the required paperwork.

Brad Knott, Managing Partner of HAVA Partners, to present at International e-Learning in the Workplace Conference June 8

Bradley Knott, Managing Partner of HAVA Partners has been selected to give a presentation on online training at the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (ICEW) sponsored by the International E-Learning Association (IELA). The conference will take place at Columbia University in New York City on June 8th – 10th. Detailed information about this conference can be found at http://www.icelw.org/.

In Knott’s presentation, titled “Just Because You Built a Learning Management System Doesn’t Mean They Will Use It”, he will explain the tools HAVA Partners uses to reach the “mainstream worker” and maximize the potential of e-learning.

“Most early adopters will try any technology at least once,” says Knott.  “The problem is, to be effective, e-learning has to be used by workers in the mainstream, not just early adopters.  Many well designed e-learning programs fail because companies who build them never put in place the support structure that allows the program to work.  Intended users lack the knowledge, incentive and/or assistance to overcome the initial hurdle of getting started.”

In his presentation, Knott will discuss how participation programs – from communications and roll out plans, to involving leadership , training of staff on administrative functions and content authoring, to end user support are critical to the success of e-learning for any company and the future of the industry on the whole.

HAVA Partners is an online training business whose clients include state and local government offices that run elections.  The company’s clients rely on a seasonal and older workforce who are generally computer novices but yet must set up and operate electronic voting equipment and produce certifiable election results.  They must account for every vote and increasingly they are trained online.

Bradley Knott founded HAVA Partners in 2004. He is a pioneer of online learning having taught and designed online courses as an Associate Professor since 1996 at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), School of Business Administration. Knott is a former Administrative Judge at the U. S. Department of Labor. An Iowa native, Knott earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The University of Iowa and his law degree from Catholic University of America.
From 1993 to 1996 Knott was a Clinton Administration appointee at the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) working as senior staff in the Office of Reinventing Government. His duties included working with DOL agencies, such as OSHA, to improve productivity by re-engineering work processes, investing in technology and agency work.

About HAVA Partners (www.havapartners.net) – HAVA Partners is a leader in innovative, online training and web-based tools to help organizations recruit, manage and train their workforces. Founded in 2004 and based in Silver Spring, Maryland with a satellite office in Des Moines, Iowa, HAVA Partners works in the areas of election administration, healthcare compliance and employment law. In the area of election administration, HAVA Partners provides customized online solutions to states, counties and cities to train, recruit, and manage volunteers, seasonal and regular workers, such as Election Day poll workers. HAVA Partners uses the power of technology to overcome the problems of scale, quality, and cost related to training, recruiting, and managing seasonal workforces. The company is comprised of expert educators with extensive experience working with leading academic institutions that have embraced online learning. HAVA Partners’ staff members have worked in the academic, commercial and public sectors developing and delivering training materials online since the inception of online training in the 1990s.


Michelle M. Shafer
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HAVA Partners’ Simulation Summer

HAVA Partners, under contract with Texas and Ohio Secretaries of State, has created training simulations for all voting equipment, except those made by Sequoia. Poll workers in those states will use the customized simulations be trained for the 2008 November General Election. Officials see the simulations as an effective, efficient and inexpensive way to provide uniform training on this critical aspect of election administration.

HAVA Partners’ simulations present the voting equipment in 3 stages: demonstration, guided walk through, and practice. In addition to the procedures, the simulations include how to complete the required paperwork. HAVA Partners worked with subject matter experts from counties that use the equipment to create the simulations.

HAVA Partners Chosen by Pew and JHET Again

HAVA Partners will participate in a second Make Voting Work study of the efficacy of online poll worker training. This study will include assessing various outreach methods to increase poll worker use of the online training program. The study will be conducted during the 2008 General Election in 2 Texas counties: Bexar and Travis and the researchers will again be lead by Steve Mockabee from University of Cincinnati

Preliminary findings from the research conducted in Ohio during the March 2008 Primary Election indicate that poll workers who take online training are better prepared than those who only take face-to-face training.

HAVA Partners Chosen by Pew Charitable Trusts and JHET Foundation

HAVA Partners has been awarded a research grant by the Make Voting Work initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and JHET Foundation to study the efficacy of online poll worker training in 2 Ohio counties during the March Primary Elections. HAVA Partners will build customized online training programs for Delaware and Butler County Boards of Elections. Research will be conducted by leading political scientists from Brigham Young University and the University of Cincinnati.