The Strategy Calculator
Provides the user an interactive way to understand what options are open to them and how the might play out.
The user can enter their personal situation data into the tool, and then the tool gives them some outcomes about what they can expect.
Type of Design
Good for Contexts like
Eligibility Triage for options
Making a strategy decision
Understanding the system
Problems & Contexts It Can Work For
A strategy calculator can help a user make a decision and understand options, by letting her get a personalized reading of what may result from different choices that she makes. The tool lets her play around, to see how different choices may play out.
The tool serves a person well after they already known what the basics of the system are, and they’re at the point of wanting to know what they personally should do. Use a strategy calculator to help this person understand what the different factors mean, how they impact outcomes, and what is the best fit for their own preferences.
How to Make It
This is a job for a front-end developer, or you can hack a calculator with Excel or another spreadsheet program.