A key mandate of the project was to ensure that the tools could be used by healthcare workers lacking literacy or numeracy, and that the same system of tools be deployed across all countries in Africa where the humanitarian agency works. This necessitated field testing the system of tools which emerged from the field testing in India in South Sudan, which was identified as the most challenging context by the client for its nutrition program.
Accordingly, a team of design researchers from Quicksand embedded themselves with the client's field staff in South Sudan for further testing in real world settings. This team worked with 30 community-based health workers in three villages to train them in the use of the tools, observe them using the instruments with actual patients, and to translate feedback and insights into new iterations of the tools whilst in the field.
Learnings from the South Sudan engagement were incorporated into the final product refinement process. A final toolkit, along with a detailed training manual for the use of composite artefacts, was delivered to the the client for deployment across its nutrition program in Africa.