Action Research Findings // Sally Ulmer
The fellows set out to meet the research needs of Rags2Riches with the goals of improving impact measurement and expanding the training plan that is used in artisan communities. The first goal was accomplished through assessing the effectiveness of Rags2Riches’ existing social impact survey, creating a condensed survey, and piloting this in the field, allowing the fellows to determine how to best measure social impact. This resulted in the team’s first product which is a social impact survey mobile application. The fellows met their goal of improving and expanding the current Rags2Riches training plan as they added more clear learning objectives and personal and business skills education to the curriculum. This product is an improved community expansion module that includes a 12-month training guide and progressive evaluation form to track artisans’ progress.
Social Impact Survey // Catherine Rose Grimes
To improve impact measurement, the fellows created and piloted a social impact survey. The purpose of the survey is to develop social impact measurements that will allow the enterprise to assess artisans’ livelihood development and quality of life. In order to improve efficiency of data collection and analyses, this paper-based survey was then converted into a mobile application, upon return to campus in the fall.
Community Expansion Module // Garrett Eggen
The fellows also improved the existing Rags2Riches training plan for new artisan communities, resulting in a community expansion module with livelihood teachings, skills trainings, and community values modules.