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.
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
Guest: Sarah Whitman@sarahrwhitman