Once the direction of the project brief was decided upon by the group and with the help and guidance of our tutors, we were able to then brainstorm the various research and data methods that would be helpful and contribute to the development and finding the solution to our project brief.
During this process, we used mind maps to identify the boundaries and stakeholders, surveys, interviews, literature reviews, STEEP analysis, researching existing successful examples of similar designs, and a comparison of our waste audits.
Mind maps were used pretty much throughout the whole duration of this project and the semester. With this tool, we were able map out in detail and identify the key boundaries and stakeholders involved in our project brief and solution. By doing so, it helped us to really narrow down where, when and how we wanted to educate our audience regarding better waste management practices and improving waste segregation, as well as who our audience is and who we need to contact to help us successfully execute our design solution.
Although this data method was helpful in collecting primary quantitative data. I felt that it was unnecessary as we are already know that students studying at UTS are unaware or don’t have much knowledge regarding the management and process of organic waste on campus. It was helpful in the sense that it allowed us to gain a broad understanding of what students know and don’t know about waste management.
The results from the survey identified students don’t know much about what happens to organic waste once disposed at UTS. 11 out of 46 participants are in their first year and the remaining 35 participants are either in second, third, fourth or sixth year (double degree). 80.43 % of participants have a poor level of understanding on the food waste management education at UTS and 91.30 % of participants don’t know much about the process of organic waste once disposed.
Our interview with Batyr@UTS contributed to our research as they have previously held campaigns on campus with similar attributes to what we’ve identified as our main objectives for our project brief, which is to educate and raise awareness by engaging in direct personal contact with individuals.
We’ve conducted a literature review that further grounds our understanding of the importance of early intervention promoting greater effect long term.
The STEEP analysis helped us evaluate the different external factors that have an impact on UTS.