Our fourth workshop took the ideas from the community in the last workshop about the street, and presented a design for the street and community space. We had scale models, and a few posters, and did a participatory impact assessment (PIA). PIAs are awesome, they allow the community to define their metrics for a project’s success which, unfortunately, is rare for nonprofit work. Many times a project will declare its success by INPUTS + THINGS BUILT = GREAT SUCCESS. However, if a community does not reap real benefit, there is no point in giving them a bunch of swingsets or goats, etc.
Our meeting had to take place in the street, as the schools we usually meet in were under construction and occupied, respectively. However, since the proposal included benches that could be taken off of a steel scaffold and placed in the street, it was a proof-of-concept for the proposal.
The PIA Ben used is a set of faces that go from very sad to very happy. After identifying the 5 most important issues for the community group, each participant ranked how they felt about the issue with the smiley faces. The respondents were mostly women, but the results by gender and age are interesting to distinguish.