The following is based on (but not limited to) the areas as set out in guidelines to app developers submitting to the National Health Service, and is information for those who may be recommending the app to others, or who wish to use it at an institutional level.
Evidence of Outcomes
The app is designed to identify neurodiversity traits, and proves both onscreen and emailed pdf’s as outcomes. These are personalised, based on individual responses. It is intended to be a one-off screen, which may be seen as part of the self-help process as well as providing evidence where a full assessment may be considered.
The background to this app includes the work of two internationally recognised experts in this field, Professor Amanda Kirby and Dr Ian Smythe, as well as extensive research in this field over the past 20 years. Between then, they have worked with more that 8000 individuals, and through Profiler have analysed data on more than 12,000 individuals with respect to related research.
This app is a screening tool and this is clearly stated within the app. Whilst the app provides summaries of neurological traits that are often used in clinical diagnoses, it is clear that the app is not a diagnostic tool. However, responses to the questions may assist in speeding up the assessment process, and has been used by some as part of a “pre-assessment registration” process.
This app was developed to be a standalone tool, with no data storage. The only data collected is for the generation of the recommendations. The app does ask for a User Name and email address. These are only for use on the report, which personalised the report. Therefore, since Do-IT does not collect data, there is no functionality for deletion. Note that for technical reasons the pdf version of the report is created on the Microsoft Azure UK South servers.
Since no personal data is collected, the app by default is compliant with Open Web Application Security Project standards. In addition, Do-IT Solutions has Cyber Essential Plus certification.
Usability & Accessibility
The app has been designed by usability and accessibility experts who have published on the subject. Of particular importance is the in-app text-to-speech, such that all reports can be read aloud. Text is clear, well-spaced and easy to read. The layout is designed to be accessible to all those with the target neurological issues, and compliant with agreed international standards for digital accessibility for this type of app. This is to ensure they provide access to as many people as possible, including older users, younger users and those with disabilities. This might involve being able to increase text size where needed and work with voice software to help visually impaired people.
The app is intended to be standalone, and not interface with other systems.
The app has been widely tested with no apparent issues. To ensure the app can take advantage of the latest technology, we clearly state that the app should not be used on Android OS older than 5.0.