A framework is a visual representation of a system that illustrates elements and relationships.
- 1-2 Hours
- design team
Gather the team to share stories. Ask team members to listen for moments in story sharing when the topic fits into a larger system or is linked to another piece of information.
When team members suggest structures or relationships between things, ask them if they can draw what they are saying. Consider using the example framework types shown in Practical Pointers below: Process map, Venn diagram, Relational map and Two-by-two matrix.
Allow some time for your team to play with re-drawing their framework several times until they feel it represents what they want to say in a robust way. Then discuss what the framework implies for the people you are designing for, the community and your organization. Capture any insights and add them to your Insight list.
Dual Frameworks: Sometimes, it will make sense to create two different frameworks, one from the perspective of women in the community and one from the male perspective. To determine whether you need to do this, consider how women’s stories differ from those of men. Does a participant’s gender influence his or her stories about household activities, income opportunities and barriers, and market relations? Is gender itself a theme? Think about creating two different frameworks that will yield different sets of opportunity areas for women and men.