QUEST Alliance is a not-for-profit that focuses on research-led innovation in education and vocational training. QUEST has launched Livelihood Connect as a platform for multiple and varied stakeholders in the area of employability training and livelihoods, to connect and share knowledge with each other and collectively ideate and collaborate to come up with relevant and innovative solutions. The platform will manifest through a web portal, workshops, seed grants, summits and print publications.
We spent time in the field for two months observing and documenting what people (students, facilitators, organizations, employers) had to say about their experiences in various livelihood contexts. This evolved into specific insights and a livelihood journey which provided inspiration and direction for the innovation workshop, as well as seed content on the knowledge platform in the form of video, stories, profiles and discussions. During the workshop we also ran a co-design session with stakeholder groups in order to build stakeholder-relevance into the platform.
We worked with QUEST on multiple aspects of the Livelihood Connect platform including:
- Research, experience design and facilitation for an innovation workshop
- Synthesis of insights from the field and workshop to create an innovation workbook for field practitioners
- Setting up the content structure and technology architecture for the knowledge sharing web platform
- Branding and identity
Stills from the Innovation Workshop
User Personas used to facilitate ideation
Video from the Workshop
The workbook that was developed synthesized challenges into eight vital areas of intervention for vocational training institutes.
Within each of these areas more specific challenges along with some sample actions and solutions were detailed out. The intent of the workbook is to seed discussion and provide a framework for thoughts, experiments and reflections.
The portal is currently being developed for the stage-one launch. This includes setting up the content structure as well as branding and technology back-end. We are also helping build a road-map and an interaction plan for the platform.
The various manifests of the platform are not stand-alone interventions but a combination of multiple processes that aim to enable and inspire a diverse group of practitioners, policy-makers, program implementers, innovators and donors to connect with the vital group of young people in India today who could become valuable assets for future growth and development of the country.
Interaction Storyboards for Livelihood Connect Portal
TAGGED AS: co-design, education, employability, innovation workshop, knowledge platform, livelihood connect, user experience research