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Share Team Progress

How can we receive feedback on important stories, quotes, and observations from our research?


Sharing your findings helps you use the wisdom of the local community and national network to quickly gain constructive guidance and resources for your team.

Effective ways to do this include:

  1. Send regular updates to your mentors, partners, and studio leads
    • Sharing work regularly helps mentors and studio leads give you advice right as you need it, rather than after it is too late. Regular updates should be concise explanations of:
      • What you have learned in the past week or two
      • What your goals are for the next few weeks
      • How you plan on reaching those goals
  2. Ask specific questions
    • You should include specific asks that relate to your goals. If you don’t have a specific question or roadblock than ask for feedback on your plan to make you plan even better.
      • “We need help reaching elementary school teachers”
      • “We don’t know the best questions to ask in next week's interview”
  3. Show in-progress work!
    • You will receive more help if you show your work before you know everything about it!
      • Share initial debriefs from interviews or synthesis. Note any patterns you see, surprises you find, and observations that challenge your assumptions.
      • Share workarounds or lifehacks you see.
      • Present a few possible directions your team could take your research and ask for advice on each direction.
  4. Share pictures!
    • Pictures and diagrams can help explain your ideas much quicker than words alone. Let people see what you are talking about, if your diagrams or images are confusing you can get feedback early to help improve your presentations later on.

Network Best Practices

Send regular updates to your mentor and studio leads like DFA RISD|Brown

DFA RISD|Brown sent a newsletter to their studio and mentors to give an update of things happening in their studio. The newsletter went out about every two weeks and was made by the studio leads. RISD/Brown also had biweekly meetings with project leads so they could give updates and ask questions to the studio leads and other project leads.

Ask questions about in-progress work on like DFA NU

DFA NU Summer Studio updated their loft page weekly to let their mentor know of their goal for the week, if they are on track to achieving their goal, what progress they made toward the goal since last update and what obstacles are in the way to achieving their goals. Learn more about how to facilitate these updates, called “stands.”

Ask specific questions like DFA Duke

Having a small ask or specific question for your mentor can help you overcome your fear of reaching out to a mentor. Duke leads asked their advisor, Matt Nash, to help them recruit user for their upcoming public workshop!