In Stage 3, we discovered it’s necessary to develop a Prototype prior to implementing your project in the field. We learned the Prototype helps you to make your project known, collect vital feedback from its potential beneficiaries, experts and other stakeholders which will help you improve your Project Design and Strategy to achieve a bigger impact.
In Stage 4, we’ll discover how you analyse the Feedback generated from presenting your prototype and incorporate them into your project to develop the final product to implement in the field in a process known as Learn.
In the food industry, an important stage to understand whether a new product will have an impact on the market is to develop a Test Product (Prototype) and allow potential consumers to taste it and provide feedback. The feedback is analysed to determine whether the product should be released or modified before introduced to the market.
Feedback has four main roles:
- It helps you understand the quality and value of your product.
- It helps you discover ways to improve your product you might not have thought of before.
- Feedback helps you determine if your product is accepted by consumers or beneficiaries.
- Facilitate research and help you to generate a robust project or product at the end.
You can analyse the feedback in many ways:
- Your team of experts can discuss them in a brainstorming meeting.
- You generate charts, graphs, statistics or pictures which provide specific information on aspects of your project or product.
- You can invite an expert to help you collect and analyse them with your team.
- In some social projects, it may involve analysing them with leaders in the community.
During the feedback analysis process:
- You take every important point raised by beneficiaries or consumers into consideration.
- You take one point at a time and carefully consider its impact in relation to others.
- At the same time, you seek ways to incorporate those concerns into the project design process.
For our teaching and learning processes improvement in the LifeWayLight Schools in Tanzania, we analyzed the feedback with the teachers.
Feedback Analysis – LifeWayLight Schools
At the end of this analysis, you develop and generate a robust project or product you are sure will have an impact on society.
After the field visit to the demonstration farms, we collected feedback using forms on ways the villagers thought could improve the Cedrela tree planting project. Among the concerns raised were the following:
Feedback Collection Process WCTPP
- Tree distances should be at least 5 to 10 metres in a monoculture planting system.
- Due to parasite attacks and local farming reasons, it’s best to adopt an agroforestry planting system.
- Seedlings should be made available and the tree planting should be done in an association with a vision to better manage its implementation and fairly share its benefits.
We have gladly taken these feedback into consideration as we implement the project in the field and believe the Cedrela farming project will significantly change the living standards of the villagers in the coming years.
Next month, we’ll begin with Series 3 – the Implementation of your project in the field and what you need to consider.
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