Opportunity for Public Comment: New Principles for Digital Development Content and Resources

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is excited to announce the opportunity
for public review and comment on the new Principles for Digital Development
content prior to its formal publication in October. The content is designed
for implementing organizations and is the product of an extensive content
development process, including focus group discussions and interviews with
the digital development community.

Now, we need your input. Between August 28 and September 6, DIAL invites
you to review newly developed content related to the Principles and share
your feedback.

On Monday, August 28, you will find a live link in this blog post.

During the review period, we hope you and your teams will take the
opportunity to read and provide feedback on new guidance for the Principles
(modeled after the project lifecycle) and a few how-to guides we have
developed. Included will be:

  • Principles content (9 documents) — Updated guidance for each
    Principle, modeled around the Project Lifecycle. We received specific
    feedback from the community on the desire for guidance to be structured in
    this manner, so we represented both the project and software development
    lifecycles, simplifying them to four stages: Analyze and Plan; Design and
    Develop; Deploy and Implement; Monitor and Evaluate.
  • *How-to guides (5 documents) *— These how-to guides will serve as
    additional resources for implementers to dive deeper into subjects
    requested by the community.
  • *Case study template (1 document) *— We received feedback from
    endorsers that it was sometimes a struggle to find the time to write their
    case studies; in response, we have crafted a template to make the process
    easier and hopefully streamline how case studies about the Principles are

You should feel free to review as few or as many of these documents as you
would like. Any insights you have will be valuable to us. We ask that you
review these documents while considering the following:

  • Content — is the information useful, actionable, relevant?
  • Tone and language — are the documents easy to understand, and will a
    non-native English speaker have any difficulty with what is being
  • Flow of documents — does the structure of each document make sense?
  • *Level of detail *— is the content too complex, or too simple?
  • Accuracy of information — is anything clearly wrong? What is
    missing? What can be added?
  • Representation of your experiences — does the content accurately
    reflect your experiences, and are these documents that you and your
    colleagues would find useful when planning your next program?
  • Resources — are we missing key reports, toolkits, blog posts that
    would be useful to include? What are they?
  • *Recommendations *for future topics/ areas to address

Please be candid – let us know what we’re missing, what you would like to
see in the future and direct us to any additional tools or resources that
you know of and would be of value for us to share with the community. This
is an opportunity to preview the content, share your own experiences and be
involved in the development of Principles guidance that impacts technology
and development communities around the globe. All of this work will
culminate in a re-launch of the Principles website on October 12 during an
event in Tanzania.

In 2016, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) was named steward of the
Principles for Digital Development. As steward, DIAL facilitates the
increased adoption of the Principles into technology-supported programs. We
are responsible for introducing new users to the Principles, promoting
their adoption, producing content that will be relevant and useful to the
audiences the Principles serve and for continuing to foster the community
that has built up around them.

Background – DIAL as Steward

Since being named stewards, we conducted a series of interviews and user
feedback workshops to determine what resources were needed most urgently by
the digital development community. From these sessions, DIAL found that the
greatest gap lied in resources for implementers in developing countries to
make the Principles more practical, actionable and tangible. Specifically,
we sought to address the following needs:

  • Tools and resources that clearly explain how implementers could take
    lessons learned from others and apply it to their own programs and products
    to improve organizational practices and development outcomes.
  • Case studies that highlight successful implementation of the
    Principles into existing programs across sectors and geographies.
  • Dynamic Principles for Digital Development website that it is more
    interactive and information would be easier to find

In response to these needs, DIAL has developed new guidance for each
Principle, including actionable guidance on how to apply the Principles at
each stage of the project lifecycle, and additional resources such as
how-to guides and case studies focused on the application of the Principles.

Big things are on the way in the next few months for the Principles
community. This content review is the first in a series of opportunities
for you to get engaged with the work. In addition to revamping the website
and producing this content, DIAL is also preparing to migrate the Digital
Principles Community group from Google Groups to a community forum. More
details to come soon.

Do you have comments or questions? Email us
at: PrinciplesAdmin@digitalimpactalliance.org