One size does not fit all. All our international partners have difficulties and challenges that are unique to their location and their communities. Even in the same country, each difficulty needs to be addressed in a unique and appropriate way. But how do we effectively and appropriately meet these unique needs?
our Process (A.D.D.I.E.)
Using our unique design process called A.D.D.I.E. allows our team to comprehensively evaluate each problem based on the culture, attitudes, needs: perceived and real, sustainability, leadership, and willingness to contribute for each partnership.
It is a method allowing Designs For Hope to tailor a solution to particular projects using observations and input of the community rather than a rigid and general approach to a problem.
In turn, this creates a relationship within the community that allows Designs For Hope to accomplish the overall vision of equipping spiritual leaders around the world to reach their community for Christ.
A | Analyze
When resources are given without understanding of the true needs of the partner, it lacks real impact, which is why the analysis phase is crucial.
Our primary task through this phase is to ask questions so we can understand the current reality and to hear the vision and mission of the local church.
The outcome of this stage is a report that summarizes the issues, goals, and objectives know as a “Needs Assessment”. Included in the Needs Assessment include (but are not limited to) an Organizational Analysis, Physical Needs Assessment, and a Spiritual Needs Assessment
D | Design
Engineers are experts on the Engineering Design Process (EDP). This is a systematic approach to innovative problem-solving.
Because every country and community is different, even when the same needs are present, a team will critically look at contextual applications based on environment, resources, structures, etc. which will be used to design (alongside the partner) a solution that is appropriate for the end user(s) and their situation.
The primary focus of this phase is to take the information gathered during the analysis phase and establish a Design Map that outlines the project(s) and their timeline(s) of implementation.
D | Develop
Once a design has been finalized, defined deliverables must be developed according to the results of the Engineering Design Process.
During this phase, a team will begin to find ways to produce the deliverables, to the clear specifications of the design, so that these tools can be placed in the field. This will include appropriate process steps for the defined deliverable.
I | Implement
During this phase, all work up this point is put into action. If the planning prior has been done well, then the implementation phase will be a success.
Depending on the skill level needed to successfully put a plan into place, various people will be asked or contracted to accomplish the task. Once the solution has been put into place, transformation should begin.
E | Evaluate
Sustainability of "needs being met" is critical to the lasting impact of each project. To know if the project(s) have solutions that meet or exceed their expectations an evaluation process will be designed and implemented for each key objective.
These goals are as unique for each project and partner. This evaluation process goes beyond the number of projects implemented and is designed to assess the impact the project has on the local church and its vision and mission.
This phase is critical to help all organizations involved grow through data and feedback. After project analysis has been conducted and evaluated, the results will be collected in an Evaluation Report to be shared with the partner(s).