Archive for October, 2009

Asking good evaluation questions

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Our evaluation work continues to illuminate the importance of purposive and clear questioning. Asking questions to elicit answers about the outcomes of our well intended activity is not a simple task. But it is a critical one to get right not only to illustrate successes but to keep funding flowing to projects, services and agencies devoted to social justice and equality. Tomorrow, we will post some guidelines for asking clear questions that get to the answers that we seek.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Grant writing tips are now posted on our project page. Let us know if you have any questions, comments etc.

Exploring the role of design in promoting function

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Over the past several months, we have been applying design theory to the development of equipment to enhance function, with particular attention to sports and fitness. Realizing how adaptive equipment can create stigma and pejorative categorization of people into devalued groups, we are collaborating on several projects that bring contemporary design into the adaptive equipment market. Consider downhill ski equipment. All of us who ski have  seen  cumbersome outriggers that look like forearm crutches with skis on their bottoms. These less than attractive but functional items are available  only through “special” programs for disabled skiers. what would happen if the equipment were commericially available and attractive? Seems to us that it would not only get more use from disabled skiers but from all who might benefit from it (e.g. new skiers, aging skiers). Maybe a new sport might be on the horizon, 4-tracking for everyone. Stay tuned for pictures and progress.