DESIAP KL workshop and symposium was aimed at exploring issues of Impact and Evaluation in relation to Design and Social innovation practices. It was hosted at the Malaysian Design Council in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 12 participants from Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia were invited to share their experiences on issues they are each tackling and to identify challenges and approaches related to evaluating their work for impact. More information: desiap.org/desiap2017kl/.
This is the 3rd Design and Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific (DESIAP) public symposium, held at the Malaysian Design Centre, Kuala Lumpur on the 21st of December 2017. The first session starts with an Introduction (11:42) by the co-founders of DESIAP (Yoko Akama & Joyce Yee) introducing the theme of the 2017 symposium and why its important for design and social innovation practices. They share insights from the 2-day workshop with the invited speakers and highlight emerging principles and methods used for alternative evaluative practice. They are followed by Cyril Tjahja (a PhD student at Northumbria University) sharing 3 Design and Social Innovation projects (40:00) from Bangkok and Hong Kong and how Impact and Evaluation has been practiced. The session ends with Joyce, Yoko and Cyril answering questions from the audience after the presentations.
Speakers: Simon Baldwin, Htet Yin Tun, Boonanan Natakun and Fadzilah Majid Cooke.
This session discusses the methods and tools used by practitioners to help them evaluate collaboratively with stakeholders and communities in various social innovation practices. The speakers for this session were Simon Baldwin (SecondMuse), Htet Yin Tun (Pointb), Boonanan Natakun (Thammasat University) and Professor Fadzilah Majid Cooke (University Kebangsaan Malaysia).
This theme is centred around the key challenges in foregrounding communities needs in traditional development process and relationships. One of the key tenets of social innovation is the place-based, culturally grounded approach to meeting social needs where the solution is often co-created with the community. However this approach can often be challenging to apply especially when dealing with evaluation, where its often driven by funders’ criteria. To discuss how we can address this gap, we asked the panellist to respond to 4 questions:
1. What are your experiences working with donor and investors and its effect on evaluation?
2. Why aren’t donors talking and engaging with communities and vice versa?
3. How can we reimagine the funding relationship?
4. How do we set realistic/impactful outcomes/expectations?
Speakers: Simon Baldwin, Emma Rhule, Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad and Htet Yin Tun.
The panelists shared tangible, lived experiences of working with NPO, government, business and social enterprise to explain how they embedded evaluative practices in what they do. They also stressed the importance of evaluative practice as a key to their own learning, critical reflection and improvement, to highlight its importance to their organisations, clients and communities beyond the requirements imposed upon them by their funders.