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This is part of a 5-part series to help you design and plan a Lab. Complete Phase 2 - Exploring before starting this phase.

This page helps you plan how to turn your knowledge into actions in a Change Lab - the 'Connecting' phase.

Now we have some insights about the problem we are working on, and the viewpoints of the people we’re working with. You might feel overwhelmed by all the information you’ve collected. This is normal!

Now, it’s time for you make sense of your data and make some choices. One rule of thumb: go where the energy is.


A. Reflect on your findings

Collect everything you've found, and review it all again.

There are many different tools to reflect on your findings. Which one you choose depends on what you did in your exploration phase, and how much information you have gathered.

Remember: don’t reflect with a very small, homogenous core group, but in a multi-stakeholder setting with your key Lab participants. Together, you need to decide on the direction of the Lab.

Complete the information in this worksheet.


B. Find leverage points

A leverage point is a part of a complex system where a small intervention can lead to bigger changes.

Return to your system analysis (created during the 'Exploring' phase, and look for potential areas. Be strategic: identify the most places where you can have the most impact with the resources available, and careful: don’t intervene everywhere at the same time.

If you have done a physical analysis like a 3D system sculpting or system-on-a-wall (see Phase 2), you can also physically ‘build’ your leverage points. The reflection questions you use with 3D system sculpting already point you towards this next step.


C. Hold events to connect the dots

Think about holding an open event to connect the dots and identify ways forward.


The Uganda Food Change Lab organised a 70-person two-day event for people from all levels of society in Fort Portal, many of whom hadn’t been involved in the lab before.

The first day focused on exploration (sharing research results, and sending participants on sensing journeys to pre-selected sites), while the second focused on identifying solutions. After the event, a working group was formed that continues today, as well as sharpened advocacy messages and buy-in from local politicians.


Done those steps and want more?

Move on to the next step - Phase 4: Prototyping