PLANNING PARTICIPATORY DESIGN
PILOT YOUR ACTIVITIES EARLY AND OFTEN
As soon as you have pulled together a draft of your activity, with a clear
understanding of your goals, inputs, and outputs, you should immediately try
it out in a draft form with someone. The more time you spend working with the
activity in theory, the more likely you’re missing issues that could be quickly
corrected. Don’t be afraid to change activities if you aren’t receiving the
required output—even when you’re in the ﬁeld.
EXAMPLE: We were creating a participatory
activity that helped people talk about where
they fulﬁll key tasks that had to do with money
management. The ﬁrst iterations resembled a
game, but as we piloted the activity with 4 to 5
people before we went into the ﬁeld, it was
clear that we had to redo the activity so it
could be done with cards arranged on a
surface rather than resemble a board game.
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