Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
In a particular neighbourhood, a high number of senior citizens who live alone face dietary problems. Volunteers at the local senior activity centre have suggested establishing a community kitchen in a vacant space in the neighbourhood. How might we engage the seniors and neighbours to create a space or solution that will be well-used and loved by the community? By facilitating a participatory design process using the BetterSG Blueprint, we can develop a deeper understanding of people's needs, leverage the different strengths and interests within the neighbourhood, and open up the ways in which various individuals can get involved, to ensure long-term community ownership of the design outcomes.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
While the impact of a participatory design approach can be difficult to quantify, we have developed, as part of the Blueprint, a list of indicators to measure how successful we are in building up people's capacity to participate on issues concerning their neighbourhoods and built environment. These include qualitative data such as people's attitudes towards participation, sense of ownership to the place, level of neighbourliness, etc.; and quantitative data such as no. of repeat volunteers, extent of people's involvement at each phase, rate of usage of the design outcome, etc. We will measure these through interviews, survey and observations with members of the community as well as designers involved in each project. Our desired impact is to develop a greater sense of belonging and ownership, spirit of participation and volunteerism, and awareness of one’s capacity to contribute.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The BetterSG Blueprint will be made available open source, to encourage
more people to adopt a participatory design and community-driven approach to problem solving in Singapore. To ensure that full impact is achieved, we intend to test and prototype the feasibility and impact of the Blueprint through built projects with selected communities, so that we can continue to refine it and share it with others, while allowing more people to experience the benefits of the approach. Key partners have included neighbourhood-based grassroots and community organisations and educational institutions.