Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Nonprofit service providers wanted to understand the issues facing residents in Connecticut’s Windham Region and develop a strategy for creating more affordable housing and ending homelessness. Blueprint for a Dream met with the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and outlined a system that links policy makers, nonprofits, and businesses to the data they need to have a greater impact.
We started in Jan. 2013 and worked for 9 months. First, we had our partners imagine the perfect tool. Next, we reviewed open data sets to learn what they thought was the most useful. Third, we tested and shaped a website based on user feedback. The final product, Blueprint for Housing, was a mobile, user-friendly data tool that helps them meet their mission.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Our first product, Blueprint for Housing, has already been used to help acquire over $2 million for affordable housing. As a residual benefit, the process of creating the data tool has strengthened local partnerships and clarified their vision of success. Immediately after we launched it, we began planning to scale the website to cover all 169 towns in Connecticut.
Blueprint for a Dream is in the unique position to have multiple layers of impact. Whether it is a program, an organization, or a partnership, we are able to help Social Sector organizations rethink, reboot, and scale their impact. The challenge of our mission is that our success is measured by the achievement of our partners.
Our services have an intangible impact until people begin to use them. As Blueprint for a Dream grows, we plan to use web analytics and surveys to track users, system adoption, and utilization.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We plan to use our first product as a concept to help a variety of social programs working at the local, state, national, or global level. Over time, we want our blueprint model to become a standard that leaders use to assess the needs, assets, and cultural dynamics of a community in order to have lasting social impact. Nonprofit, government, or social enterprise programs can all be strengthened with the guidance of a blueprint. We rely heavily on tracking project cost/time and user experience to maintain a solid foundation of data and experience upon which to build successful future products.