How might designers and architects utilize impact assessment strategies, tactics and tools to show the effects of their work? This is the question we will address during a 90-minute roundtable discussion. After a brief introduction to our research project on impact assessment, we will dive into discussion on what is impact measurement, how to incorporate it into the design process, why it's important, and which organizations are leading the charge. Participants will then break out into small groups to learn and test the Theory of Change, a popular tool to map project and organizational impact. Finally, we will wrap up with key lessons learned and �impactful' steps each participant can use for their work.
- Understand the importance of impact measurement within the context of the architecture and design industries.
- Become familiar with the impact assessment planning tool Theory of Change.
- Learn how to apply Theory of Change to a project or organization.
- Obtain knowledge about different organizations that are currently measuring their impact and the relevant context within which they work.
Gilad Meron is an independent designer, researcher, strategist, and writer focused on community-based design practices and design education. His current work includes research and program development for the Autodesk Foundation and strategy and visual communication for Enterprise Community Partners, and he also writes for various design publications. Gilad also recently co-founded a research collaborative that explores emerging models of social-impact and public-interest design firms, examining the strategies, methods, and approaches the firms use to build sustainable practices. With backgrounds in design, research, graphic communication, and environmental psychology, Gilad brings a rigorous research-based approach to impact assessment focused on both qualitative and quantitative metrics.
Katie Crepeau is an architect, writer, and strategist focused on design and social enterprise. She pairs her professional experience in the architecture field with communication and writing to help designers improve project delivery, organizational strategy, and the broader development of the design field. As Editor at Autodesk Foundation's Impact Design Hub, she writes daily on people, projects, and happenings around humanitarian and community design. With a keen interest in bettering the communication of design's impact, Katie has been testing and developing impact measurement systems with small and medium size design organizations in the US and UK, including AzuKo and Design Ignites Change.