• User Testing and NFP Relationship Update

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Since the community I am targeting in my thesis project is on the coast of the Indian Ocean, I decided to take an unconventional user testing approach: I plan on testing the hand washing station on children locally in NYC, video tape the process and send footage to teachers, educators and activists in Africa as well as local NFPs.

    I contacted Christopher Kennedy, Solar 1's Education Coordinator who seems keen to help me by letting the children who come to their facility test the product. They have children in the appropriate ages coming in and out of their facility daily so this can be a great solution. The aspect that I plan on testing initially would be the disposal of an accurately measured amount of water and flow control (50ml per child over 20 seconds). I will record the children's interaction with the unit and their reactions and responses.

    I am currently working with several NFPs who help me retrieve information about the communities I am targeting. I believe that It is important for the success of the project that I keep working with several organizations simultaneously due to the physical distance from the schools targeted. It is also always good to have several point of views on a situation. As well as that, they are all very busy people with, at times, limited access to emails, so this becomes more efficient.

    1. NFP: Charity Water Contact: Becky Straw Location: NYC Working around the world to bring clean water to developing nations. I am using a case study of theirs where they built a well for a school, however the water is not being used for hand washing, as it should.

    2. NFP: Africa Seed Contact: Dr. Gloria Holmes Location: NJ & Uganda Put me in contact with Teachers in Uganda, as well as gives me information on materials, communities etc

    3. NFP: Feedback Madagascar Contact: Samantha Cameron Location: Madagascar Samantha is very helpful in answering my questions about industries, the day to day lives of people in madagascar and sending me photographs of the communities and existing hand washing systems.

    4. NFP: Tsavo treasures volunteering organization Contact: Patrick Kilonzo Location: Kenya Patrick is very enthusiastic about Safi and he is ready to start implementing plans in the ground and glow some soapy plants!

  • Lee, this is very clearly outlined, and your strategy to work locally and globally for testing your ideas is very sound. Since you'll be using video you might talk with Tom O'Hare about his experience doing product testing via utube. You might also consider including water quality testing as part of your proposal (if you haven't considered that already). It is wise that you are "triangulating" among several groups to obtain the data + feedback you need; you will have to find/develop a means of organizing the flow of that information.

    Robert


  • I don't know if you heard about this, but this organization "is to help improve the lives of children and their families by providing easy access to clean drinking water, enhancing public health, and offering play equipment to millions across Africa. "

    They are currently working on different projects (I believe), helping many schools and communities in Third World countries to obtain cleaning drinking water. What they are doing is pretty interesting and clever.

    http://www.playpumps.org/site/c.hqLNIXOEKrF/b.2559311/k.BCFF/Home.htm

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