Projects (aka Surveys) are the set of questions you will be using to engage with your community. Topics are umbrella pages that can hold links to multiple projects, so that from the public-facing side, participants know that all the projects are related to one another, or on the same subject matter.
Topic Pages can also communicate long range plans with multiple phases, or be used to compile data across multiple projects.
Topics will appear first, above projects on your organization's home page within PublicInput.com.
Lets look at the Topic page example below.
For this topic page, there are multiple links to projects. Participants can click the Participate link to take the individual project(s).
Topic pages can also group multiple projects together in order to combine, compare, and contrast data across the projects.
In this example, the Pre and Post surveys are on one Topic Page so that any data reports generated from the Topic Page will show combined information.
Not only can you use Topic Pages as a place to group multiple projects together and compile data, but you can also use Topic Pages to display long range plans with multiple phases.
In this example, the project background information, phases timeline, and links to individual projects are all shared on the Topic Page.