One of the best parts about DFA is that we tackle local, social challenges! We are all about making a real impact by working on issues that are critical and interesting for our community. How can we scope projects that are daring, feasible, and applicable?
Output : 2-3 project that is Daring, Feasible, and Applicable and ready for a team (or teams!) to take on.
Meeting the criteria outlined in the DFA Scoping Wheel by Daring, Feasible, and Applicable ensures that the challenge will have a positive social impact on your local community. Download the scoping wheel here!
Find pre-scoped challenges as a starting point
DFA National Pre-Scoped
Many corporations are interested in working with the DFA network through a sponsored project. Although applications to be involved in sponsored projects are open late spring, other teams are free to tackle this pre-scoped challenge on their own if the topic is of interest to them! DFA sponsored projects are challenges hosted by DFA National that pair up a selected number of teams from interested studios with a sponsoring company around a particular challenge. For example, in Fall 2013, Driver Independence for Older Adults was a sponsored project with Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Check out this challenge packet on Dementia! Check out this folder to download some pre-scoped topics for your projects.
Examples include OpenIDEO, the Gates Foundation, Diabetes Mine that come with pre-set challenge statements like “How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone?” or “Come up with an idea that improves life of those living with diabetes.” Remember to make sure all competitions are applicable to your local community. DFA RPI tackled a prompt from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to guide them to make their design in fundamentally better ways. See more on their website!