Resource Library

At IDIN, we’re all about learning, especially when it’s hands-on. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources, many of which are used at our trainings and summits around the world.

UC Davis D-Lab: Introduction to Appropriate Technologies Curriculum

  • Curriculum

UC Davis D-Lab senior staff Jorge Espinosa and Sean Maxson developed curriculum for a workshop titled “Introduction to Appropriate Technologies & Sustainability.” This curriculum was developed for a collaboration between UC Davis D-Lab and a D-Lab “satellite” in Honduras at the University of Zamorano. The curriculum was designed for a week long workshop around appropriate technologies for horticultural production in smallholder settings. Jorge Espinosa has been in communication with IDIN partners in Guatemala to incorporate some of this content for their summit of Hogares Sostenibles. The curriculum is in Spanish.

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IDDS Design Notebook

  • Curriculum

The IDDS Design Notebook is used to teach the design process during International Development Design Summits.

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Skill Builder: Living Machine Instructor Guide

  • Curriculum

Skill Builders are curriculum resources designed to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities during design trainings. If you intend to use this Skill Builder in a training, we encourage you to download all of the relevant resources, including: 

Instructor Guide
Participant Photo Guide
Skill Builder Evaluation

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Skill Builder: Living Machine Participant Photo Guide

  • Curriculum

Skill Builders are curriculum resources designed to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities during design trainings. If you intend to use this Skill Builder in a training, we encourage you to download all of the relevant resources, including: 

Instructor Guide
Participant Photo Guide
Skill Builder Evaluation

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Skill Builder: Living Machine Evaluation

  • Curriculum

Skill Builders are curriculum resources designed to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities during design trainings. If you intend to use this Skill Builder in a training, we encourage you to download all of the relevant resources, including: 

Instructor Guide
Participant Photo Guide
Skill Builder Evaluation

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Skill Builder: Bicycle Hacksaw

  • Curriculum

Skill Builders are curriculum resources designed to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities during design trainings. If you intend to use this Skill Builder in a training, we encourage you to download all of the relevant resources, including: 

Instructor Guide
Participant Photo Guide
Skill Builder Evaluation 

Questions? Please contact IDIN Academic Partner, Olin College of Engineering at anna.konstantinova@olin.edu

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Using Four Lenses of Sustainability

  • Curriculum

UC Davis D-Lab has developed a Feasibility Studies Notebook to address important agricultural, energy, and development goals. The curriculum is based on the four lenses of sustainability- technology, environment, economics, and culture/society- and how a project can best address these goals. It includes a step-by-step outline of how to achieve 11 deliverables to create a feasibility study for a client's project. 

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The Metrics Café

  • How-to

Funders need impact metrics. Grantees do, too. So who decides what gets measured?

Because funders’ and grantees’ measurement needs clash, they wind up with reporting systems that serve neither. This framework can help reconcile their needs, turning a tangle of metrics into genuine learning.

We explore four models:

  • Prix Fixe: All grantees report on same set of metrics.
  • A La Carte: Grantees choose from a menu of standard metrics.
  • Made-to-Order: Funder and grantee work together to come up with a set of metrics.
  • Bring your Own Lunch: Grantees come with their own metrics.

The framework presents pros, cons, implications and recommendations for each model. Drawing on cases from Root Capital, Development Innovation Ventures at USAID, Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, and the Autodesk Foundation, this framework can help funders decide what model is right for them.

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IDIN Chapter Funding Application

  • How-to

This document explains how to apply for funding to support activites organized by an IDIN local chapter. 

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IDIN Chapter Activity Ideas

  • How-to

This document gives IDIN local chapters ideas for organizing and hosting different events on local innovation and design. 

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