Problem-Solution Template

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Problem-Solution Template Use

The problem-solution sets provide a method to detail everything needed to galvanize support for addressing a critical problem facing an NGO or grass roots organization. To use this template:

1. Click the "edit" button, and copy the content you see there. 2. Type the title of the problem-solution set you would like to create in the "Search" area on the left and press the "Go" button. You will see a red hyperlink for your new page. 3. Simply click on it and paste the text in the open field. This creates the structure for the new template. You can press "Save" at any time to save the page, and then press "Edit" to make changes to it.

Examples of Problem-Solution Sets

Examples of previous problem solution sets:



Summary of the Problem

Description: This is a sentence or two description of the problematic situation facing the civil society organization



Description of the Need

Description: This should outline the basic need that would solve the problem listed above. It might have technology options included, but must have a clear need that tech could solve in a number of different ways.



Who Needs This?

Description: Who is the owner of this need? Which NGO, community-based organization or group of people would better be able to implement their mission if this problem was addressed?


Solution Space

Description: What are the technology areas you see as potentially solving this problem? (e.g., Mobile, social media, geospatial technologies, etc.)


Use Case

Description: Provide either a paragraph or bulleted list of how someone might use a proposed solution that is developed


Existing solutions or relevant links

Descirption: What other potential information could help the technologists working on the idea.


Follow-on Actions

Description: Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your action plan for implementing it? This should be a series of steps and milestones, ideally with actions assigned to specific people.