There are many ways that your teams can implement your ideas or share your findings to help partners make an impact.
It is very important to show your partners gratitude and give something tangible and helpful to your partners as a way to thank them for their support.
All teams should be able to pass off the insights and lessons they have learned from working on the project.
Effective ways to do this include:
Ask teams that have validated solutions from user testing:
Ask teams that DO NOT have validated solutions from user testing:
In Spring 2015, DFA U Alabama worked on a project focused on improving functional literacy in their local Tuscaloosa, AL community. Partnering with the Tuscaloosa Public Library, the team devised a solution that compiles various information, such as tax info or nutritious suggestion, accessible station complete with children books. As of Fall 2015, the LitLink team is still working with TPL and with Birmingham Education Foundation to further the project and create more community connections!
DFA Rice worked with Avance, an organization that serves the needs of low-income families, to provide them with a fun and effective activity to get children and participants in their Head Start program more practice in recognizing the letters of the alphabet. This is a crucial developmental step in learning how to read. During a meeting with the DFA team late in the solution development process, Avance mentioned that they were planning on holding a community-wide event for parents with Head Start-aged children. The DFA team recognized this big opportunity and worked hard to produce packets of their activity to be distributed at this event. The biggest change they had to incorporate was creating a Spanish version of their activity. See the final product and more about their project here!