Part II - Project Narrative

The report proper takes the form of a narrative. This is less formal than a typical college essay because a project is a very personal endeavor. You poured so much of yourself into this and we don’t want to have a sanitized, cold recitation of facts concerning what happened. Let your voice show through. Put us there on site with you. This doesn’t mean you can be sloppy of course. This is for your graduation requirement so it should be proofread and edited for errors and readability.

The narrative should take us through the whole story of how your project happened. How did you decide what to do? How did you make contact with your partner? Did things change from what you expected to what you designed? Did the project change when you got there? What has happened with the project since it wrapped? Someone reading this should be able to get a clear picture of everything that went into this project and, along with supporting documents, could ideally recreate your project elsewhere.

Using This Framework

Below we have a rough framework for how you can put your narrative together. We've included what we feel are the important aspects of your project that we'd like you to touch on. Although the headings and bullet points suggest a rigid structure, we hope that you don't allow it to tie your hands. There are volumes to speak about your projects, so do not limit yourself to the headings and prompts listed here.

Section One – Research and Preparation

Defining Your Issue

  • What was the need and social problem you worked on?
  • Why do you think this particular social problem is important?
  • How did you go about researching your issue?

Developing Your Partnership

  • How did you identify your organizational partner?
  • Why did you choose this organization?
  • How did you build a relationship with them?
  • How did you go about assessing them?
  • How did you establish their technical needs?

Planning Your Project

  • What were your most important goals for the project and how did you develop these goals?
  • What did you do to learn the technology you were going to use?
  • How did you research possible funding opportunities?
  • How did you prepare in advance for your fieldwork?

Section Two – Implementation and Evaluation

Implementing Your Project

  • What did you actually do and accomplish in your project?
  • How was your implementation different from your plan, and why?
  • How did your goals for the project change and why?

Evaluating Your Project

  • What impact did your project have on the intended beneficiaries and how do you know this?
  • What lasting impact did your project have on your partner organization and how do you know?
  • What did you expect to achieve from your project and what did you actually achieve?
  • Are you satisfied with how the tech component turned out?
  • With the benefit of hindsight, do you still believe the ICT you used was the right pick?

Lessons for Successful Project Implementation

  • What personal capacities were valuable for you in implementing your project and why?
  • What apects of the class and labs were valuable in implementing your project?
  • What support systems were valuable for you in implementing your project and why?

Lessons for Social Innovation

  • What lessons did you learn from your project about effective ways of addressing the social problem you were focused on?
  • What lessons did you learn about the role of digital tools in addressing your social problem?
  • How would you describe the most significant social innovation lesson that you learned from this work?