Using Design Thinking to develop Effective and Innovative Programs

This week on #grantchat Sarah Whitman is joining us for using design thinking to develop effective and innovative programs.

As the Manager of Program Design at BakerRipley, Sarah convenes and leads project teams related to program planning, working collaboratively with program and support staff in the development of program designs for new and existing programs. With support from the Program Planning & Evaluation team and program staff, Sarah works to take learnings from best practices, community buy in, available resources, and internal and external data to enhance and expand programs to best fit the needs of communities and families served by BakerRipley. She holds a MSW from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, and a BBA from Texas A&M University, and loves connecting her business brain with her social work heart to solve complex nonprofit challenges. Sarah gets her best work done early in the morning and is most creative while jamming (and sometimes poorly dancing) to music.

Question Preview:

Q1: What is typically the catalyst for program design or redesign at your organization? #grantchat

Q2: Does your org follow any framework/methodology for program design? If so, what does it look like? If not, where do you begin? #grantchat

Q3: Who is on your program design team? #grantchat

Q4: What external information do you gather and share w/ your design team when designing/redesigning programs? #grantchat

Q5: What internal information do you gather and share w/ your design team when designing/redesigning programs? #grantchat

Q6: Once the info is gathered, how do you start to make decisions and build out a program model? #grantchat

Q7: Does your organization test out program ideas before full implementation? #grantchat

Q8: What makes this kind of program design thinking challenging? #grantchat

Q9: What is the value of engaging in design thinking in your organization? #grantchat

Q10: How do you see yourself applying design thinking principles in your role? #grantchat


We’re looking forward to having you join @Grant_Chat at 12 Noon ET. Join our Grantchat Facebook Group to get the check in question and to keep the discussion going!

Guest: Sarah Whitman@sarahrwhitman

Sponsor: GrantHub @Grant_Hub

Host: Jo Miller, GPC @jm_grants

Presented: SmartEGrants @smartegrants

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