The Challenge


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Involved vs. Committed

How to identify those who are most likely to commit to a donation after registration? What about asking questions during registration which can tap into explicit/hidden fears that the person who registers might have? Use a mechanism to identify patterns and higher likelihood for donation- i.e. John Chen, a donor, is a perfect match, but has 45% likelihood to donate. Do we still want to contact John?
Possible list of question that could be added to the registration form:
- are you scared of complete anesthesia?
- are you scared that you might be absent from work for a day or two?
- are you scared of complications in case of surgery?
- are you scared of possible infections during surgery?
- have you stayed in a hospital before? have you undergone complete anesthesia?
- do you want to meet/have a call with the patient or a family member of the patient before you make a final decision?
Discovering implicit fears/untold emotions might be of help to find out the ones who ahve a higher probability to donate after they register.


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Larry Cheng

February 25, 2011, 04:33AM
I like Vincent's build on this. Aside from the analytics, its also a chacne to begin a lifelong conversation -cause once you've been typed, your a potential donor for life.

Which gets to another point: a donor's fears and willingness will change over their lifetime. they may get more responsibilities and have less time, but also get more civic-minded and more willing to do something altruistic. By building a conversation with them, maybe you can help ensure that when they get called, they'll be more willing.

Krassimira Iordanova

February 24, 2011, 16:49PM
Great comment,'re right, such questions during registration might scare people...These questions might be applied in a follow up survey and use some kind of advanced analytics logic based on certain rules which will derive from the answers of the registered donor, the probability for him/her to become a real donor.

Vincent Cheng

February 24, 2011, 16:39PM
Good idea to identify individual donor fears. Perhaps this could be a post-registration follow-up survey, so that potential registrants aren't scared away before registering. The answers could then be used to provide targeted information to address these concerns and hopefully improve willingness to donate.
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