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20NTC Session Proposal

Finding the Needle: A Framework for Evaluating CMS Platforms


Finding the right CMS for your website feels like the classic “needle in a haystack” problem. Websites are expensive in both money and resources. Thoughtful platform selection is critical to your online success over the long term. Learn how to sort through the field of tools available to find the best fit for your organization’s needs in the long term.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify important criteria to factor into your selection process (that might not be obvious)
  • Apply techniques to get the least biased information when "sifting" for tools
  • Leverage a framework to perform your evaluation




Katherine White

Director of Engineering

Kanopi Studios

I’m a full-stack LAMP web developer, building websites since 1999. I’ve worked in WordPress since 2003, Drupal since 2007, and have done work with numerous other content management systems over the years.

As Director of Engineering at Kanopi Studios, I work to keep Kanopi excelling in all things technical. I’m a solutions architect for clients ranging from small businesses and high-growth startups to global Fortune 500 business. I love helping clients see the relationship between their business goals and their technical solutions, and maximizing the impact and longevity of their sites within the constraints of their project.

I’m a passionate advocate for accessibility, rewarding user experiences, and future-proof development methodologies.

I also travel, knit hats, and inhale books!

DeDe Dunevant

Director of Communications

Physicians for Human Rights

DeDe Dunevant oversees all communications efforts at Physicians for Human Rights, including publications, media relations, and digital communications. She has overseen an update to the organizational identity as well as a complete overhaul of the website and digital advocacy and fundraising toolsets. Her communications career spans twenty years and includes experience in the fields of drug policy reform, education, international volunteerism, and global public health.

Before coming to PHR, Dunevant was managing director of communications for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she led the organization in a comprehensive rebranding process and development of an integrated communications practice.

Prior to the Drug Policy Alliance, Dunevant served as the senior marketing official for the Peace Corps, where she managed the creation of a recruitment communications campaign that included production of collateral print materials, a recruitment video, and public-service announcements for television, radio, digital, and print. She also worked as a program manager for Population Services International overseeing a social marketing portfolio of reproductive health products in seven countries in West and Central Africa. Previously, she taught English for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dunevant holds a BA in French and linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles. She is fluent in French.

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March 14, 2019


10:30am – 11:45am



CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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