PIESTAR – data management & proposal reviews
Piestar, Inc. provides customized knowledge management systems to support collaborative data/project management, program monitoring/evaluation, and application/proposal reviews.
Piestar DPx is designed to collect and visualize data, manage projects, streamline strategic plans, maintain compliance, monitor progress, evaluate program impact, and report results.
Piestar RFx is designed to request, collect, review, rate, and select applications and proposals.
Continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates make Piestar systems safe and dependable. Data, projects, applications and proposals are easy to manage with Piestar.
Piestar, Inc. currently serves and supports 23 research programs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH, NIST, NSF, USAID, and USDA with over 300 projects throughout 14 universities in the United States and in 75 countries.
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Reports and Analysis
Report to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Piestar provides a growing library of reports and file exports customized to meet various funding agency requirements and compliance regulations. New reports can be customized to meet the specific needs of each project. A data summary section makes it easy for program leaders to review aggregated impact data. Raw data can be exported as a Microsoft Excel file at any time for a detailed analysis.
Collect, validate, and export data.
Collecting data and project activity information can be challenging. Piestar provides a simple step-by-step reporting process. Piestar simplifies the process with clean, uncomplicated reporting modules to ensure all required details are entered so grant-funding agencies, evaluators, and stakeholders have the data they need.
Track data for multiple projects.
Managing large programs with sub-awards and multiple projects is easy with Piestar. Piestar keeps everything organized and tracks details about projects, including: status, award amounts, personnel, objectives, documents, photographs, presentations, files, activities, data, budget expenditures and more. Program managers can report progress against an annual operating plan to ensure positive momentum of the projects.
Customize reporting modules for specific projects.
Every project is different. Piestar can adapt to the reporting intricacies of any project with customized modules and reports. Being flexible doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. The Piestar system is updated and enhanced regularly, giving the benefit of a widely-used platform combined with the flexibility of customized enterprise software. The Piestar team will customize the Piestar system to meet the specific needs of any program.
Clean and correct data entry errors.
The Piestar data cleaner is used to edit multiple records at once. Correcting typos and duplicate data entry errors is fast and easy with the Piestar data cleaner. The Piestar system remembers which records have been cleaned so all data can be verified for accuracy. The Piestar data cleaner saves program managers an exceptional amount of time.
Save time, effort, and energy with the Piestar email system.
As project and reporting deadlines are added, Piestar automatically schedules launch, reminder, and past-due email messages. The Piestar system sends a weekly status report, showing upcoming email messages. Modify or re-send email messages in just a few clicks, and send custom messages to team members at any time.
Budgets and Reports
Monitor project budgets and reporting progress in real-time.
Directors, PIs, Co-PIs, and program managers can monitor budgets and reporting progress. Budget burn rates keep project finances in check. Piestar makes it easy to measure reporting progress and ensures all team members submit their reports on time. Plus, it’s easy to emulate users of the system to view or edit data.
Schedule outreach activities or events and track involvement.
Engaging the community can be an important aspect of a successful program. Piestar tracks event details and accepts imported files of attendees, photographs, videos and records of how event activities contribute to project objectives.
Travel and Equipment
Request, receive, process, and approve travel and equipment requests.
Funding agencies usually require approval for international travel and certain equipment purchases. With Piestar, requests are received and reviewed online, then sent to funding agencies for approval. Piestar keeps a record of requests and can show recent or upcoming travel for an entire team. Piestar also provides event planning and registration capabilities.
Service and Support
Receive immediate service and support from an experienced team of software engineers.
Piestar, Inc. provides continual improvements, enhancements, and software updates to Piestar systems. All users of Piestar systems receive unlimited storage for data, documents, files, publications, presentation, photos, and videos. Documentation, training modules, and technical resources are included with subscription to Piestar systems. Piestar servers are hosted in the FedRAMP-authorized AWS GovCloud, which meets federal regulatory and compliance requirements.
Application & Proposal Reviews
Request, collect, review, rate, and select applications and proposals with Piestar RFx.
It’s easy to request applications and proposals by simply uploading a PDF solicitation document. The solicitation document can be published immediately to start accepting applications and proposals. Custom reviewer assignments and weighted rating rubrics streamline the selection process while keeping scores and documents organized for easy access.
CEO & Co-founder of Piestar, Inc.
With over 20 years of professional experience in information technology, software programming, and Web development, Ben Claar leads the Piestar team to create and maintain the best knowledge management systems and proposal review systems for federal and state grant-funded programs. Ben’s mission is to provide the best service and support to Directors, PIs, Co-PIs, and program managers for effective and efficient knowledge management.
President & Co-founder of Piestar, Inc.
For over 20 years, Aaron Schroeder has worked with program evaluators to streamline data collection and reporting efforts. Aaron has developed customized database systems, web-based data collection systems, and other reporting solutions tightly integrated within comprehensive evaluation plans. Aaron has designed and implemented data collection systems for several federal and state agencies.
We love what we do, do what we say, serve well and always rise to a challenge. We care about software quality and enjoy serving and supporting the teams using our systems.