Third Research Segment – Due 7/5
By now, you know how this goes.
- You will identify five (5) product innovators/innovations. Note that the products you feature do not all need to be new innovations — perhaps the way they are communicated about is the innovative aspect.
- You will add the to our collective map (link here). Please simply pin the organizations you chose to feature in the map, as follows:
- Then, describe on your own blog these aspects for each of your organizations:
- Name and website/other contact info (if applicable)
- Geographical scope (in 1-3 sentences)
- Main aim/s — mission and specific goals (in 1-3 sentences)
- Concrete activities (including links if possible to knowledge, resources, materials, findings, etc.) (in 1-3 sentences)
- Innovation: Why did you choose this organization/project/individual? What made you identify it/him/her as innovative? Please be as specific as possible and think of the purpose of the research: to identify best practices, approaches, even models, to be learned from,shared and even adapted. (in 1-5 sentences)
That’s all. Due 7/5 at midnight
Final Reflection – Due 7/11
“Opportunities for innovation in MH”
Your your weekly research assignment has focused on innovators in three different fields of menstrual health: advocacy, education, and product innovation. Some of you have already identified intersections and overlaps between these categories. You have also perhaps identified gaps in issues to be addressed, or audiences to be reached. Or, you may have noticed opportunities in terms of campaigning or other communication forms.
Final Reflection Assignment
Now it is your turn to innovate. Compose your final research reflection about some kind of innovation that you could see happening in the field:
- A specific way to communicate (say, social media campaigns); or
- A specific issue (say, school absenteeism or confronting religious beliefs ); a specific region (say, the Middle East or Latin America)…
- Or you can identify opportunities for collaboration between innovators, either across geographical borders, or across the sectors of water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), gender, education and sexual & reproductive health (SRH) and/ or the fields of advocacy, education, and/or products.
- You can use all the material you collectively collected about advocates, educators, and product innovators. Here’s the link to everyone’s blogs.
- You will either write a 8-10-page research report or create a 7-10 minute video/podcast report.
- In each case, you will also submit a separate list of references you have used.
Option 1: Written Report
- Think about your report in terms of a position paper rather than in terms of a conventional academic research essay. You are making a recommendation of sorts in that you are highlighting opportunities for innovation. While you will argue for your case with evidence, and you will include references in your text, you do want to convince the reader of your practical ideas. That is your main goal. The link above gives a wonderfully simple and effective outline for a position paper. You do not need to follow the outline necessarily but it will you an idea of how to think about organizing your information:
- Identification of the issue
- Statement of the position
- Background information
- Supporting evidence or facts
- A discussion of different sides of the issue (in your case, this could be, for instance, cultural barriers to a campaign you would like to propose vis-a-vis the impact of the campaign; or possible benefits and challenges of a collaboration you would like to initiate).
- Suggested courses of action
- Possible solutions
- 8-10-pages written reflection including the list of references (1.5 space, 12 pt Times New Roman or equivalent). Feel free to include a graph or an image but those should not exceed one page total of the length of the paper.
- Due on Tuesday, 7/11, at midnight.
Option 2: Audio or video
- See the above; but instead of writing a paper, you can create a video presentation with the same aim. Imagine, say, that you have been invited to pitch your ideas in a conference or on a virtual platform. You can naturally use visualizations (images, other video), or, sounds.
- I want to give you this option since more and more professional communication is done in other formats than text — and since we have sought to try different kind of learning and communicating in this course anyway.
- If you are not familiar with video-making or podcasting, there are tons of free resources online — just google them! Let me assure you this is not a technology assignment. So, if you always wanted to try creating a video or a podcast, use this opportunity to do so!
- 8-10 minutes, plus a written list of references. Please do not email me a video or audio file: those will be too large for the SJU email service to handle. Instead, upload your work to a Google Drive, or, Dropbox, or Youtube, Vimeo, or link/embed it to your blog… and share the link with me via email (together with the references).
- Due on MONDAY, 7/11, at midnight.
Please find these instructions, and the list of the extra resources you collected a few weeks back, here.
Danielle Keiser will utilize your research and insights in developing her Menstrual Health Hub, with appropriate references to your work. I am sure she will keep us posted of the next developments!
Good luck! As always, let me know if you have any questions!