Inclusive Problem-Solving Toolkit For Reducing Natural Hazards Impacts and Disaster Risk
Toolkit360 is a set of 12 tools for facilitating inclusive problem-solving between researchers and practitioners working to reduce natural hazards impacts and disaster risk. These tools are process models for going from jointly understanding a problem to integrating new solutions.
Use Toolkit360 to:
Align researchers and practitioners
Amplify disciplinary capacities
Build interdisciplinary capacities
Increase shared understanding
Evaluate evidence-based strategies
Problem Space Tools: Align and Understand
Use these tools to assess a problem situation, discover what others know, cast new participants, align your team, review published knowledge, and present a new shared understanding. Typically, understanding the problem space starts with [Re]Assess and ends with [Re]Present. [Re]peating tools improves alignment and understanding.
[Re]Assess the roots, stakeholders, and implications of the problem situation. Inventory past (lack of) successes. Identify tensions of research and practice.
[Re]Discover and activate primary observations, opinions, experiences, needs, and expectations of included and excluded stakeholders and experts.
[Re]Cast the field of included stakeholders and experts. Define what inclusion means for converging to and integrating a solution. Outline how those included will be afforded participation.
[Re]Align participants around a shared understanding of individual values, goals, and interests for the problem situation, as well as their disparate ways of knowing and working.
[Re]View and activate relevant interdisciplinary research literature, best practices, operational procedures, case studies, and other evidentiary sources from research and practice.
[Re]Present the complex system of the problem situation based on synthesis of evidence from [Re]Assess, [Re]Discover, and [Re]View in a meaningful, interpretable way for all participants.
Solution Space Tools: Design and Strategize
Use these tools to productively frame a problem, interpret opportunities, generate integrative concepts, shape prototypes, resolve untested assumptions, and integrate solution strategies. Typically, exploring the solution space starts with [Re]Frame and ends with [Re]Integrate. [Re]peating tools improves design and strategy.
[Re]Frame the disciplinary perceptions and definition of the problem with a disciplinary-neutral lens. Create evocative ways of seeing the problem that may lead to new solutions.
[Re]Interpret the problem definition, goals, evidence, and stakeholder needs using creative, discipline-agnostic framings to find patterns and themes that reveal new solution opportunities.
[Re]Generate and select bold transdisciplinary, evidence- based, and competing concepts to inform solutions to prototype and test.
[Re]Shape concept-based prototypes (sketches, mockups, roleplays, etc.) using integrative approaches in order to test the assumptions and benefits of proposed solutions.
[Re]Solve which assumptions and hypotheses embedded in the prototypes are valid through rapid, iterative testing.
[Re]Integrate the tested prototype(s) strategically to be compatible with relevant institutional and organizational cultures, structures, workflows, decision processes, and resources.
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