Systems thinking

Step Four: Evaluate each possible project outcome

Return to the questions asked in Step One to “zoom in” to each proposed design outcome (from Step Three) to evaluate what outcome holds the greatest value in connection to creating a transformative solution that ideally does no harm, improves quality of life, and is inclusive.

REVIEW: Questions to ask to evaluate each idea:

  • Which outcome best meets the project goals?
  • Which outcome improves the world?
  • Can me make the best solution more transformative? How?

To learn more about how to complete Step Four, you’ll need the full Toolkit below.

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