How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

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How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Dear all,

Please help us: We would like to find out if SuSanA is having useful and positive impacts on your day to day work. We're looking at this from a qualitative viewpoint, not a quantitative one. That means we are looking for "testimonials" or "stories" and examples from you, the SuSanA members.

Collecting such statements from SuSanA members is potentially also useful information for our funders *, for partner organisations that are contributing in-kind and financially to the network, and will be used to promote the value of SuSanA for potential new users (and potential new funders).

We are interested in collecting some examples about how has SuSanA impacted your work. For instance, can you please share your examples of how your involvement in SuSanA has led to:
  • New partnerships with other organisations in the WASH sector or beyond
  • Grant opportunities discovered
  • New directions for your work
  • Important critiques or insights
  • A new audience for sharing your work
  • Discovery of new job opportunities
  • Expansion of your personal network
  • Learning opportunities, e.g. by following discussions on the forum
  • Ability to quickly download or access documents, photos, videos, presentations, posters etc.
  • Virtual participation at meetings via Live Streaming
  • Other examples??



If you have a testimonial or story with examples to share, please write about it here in this thread. Or, if you would like to share your experience less directly, perhaps even anonymously, you can email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to contribute.

Thank you for your contributions! We look forward to hearing from you!

In case you have ideas how SuSanA could become more impactful for you or for the WASH sector, please also put those suggestions into this thread. Thank you.

Regards,

Sarah
(and Arno Rosemarin, Elisabeth von Muench and Ann-Kathrin Tempel)


* In case you are wondering who the current funders of SuSanA are: it's the German Federal Ministry BMZ via GIZ for the SuSanA secretariat and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the community moderation of this forum. In addition, working group leads and other members are also funded via their normal employers to spent some of their time on helping to advance SuSanA.
See also short information here in the FAQ section: www.susana.org/en/about/faq
And also here in the SuSanA flyer: www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2084

Dr. Sarah Dickin,
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Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Hi there,

I thought by now we'd have a flood of posts in this thread... :unsure: :huh:
Who wants to start with writing something about how SuSanA has impacted your work? Or if not with respect to your work then with respect to your interest/passion for the sanitation topic (i.e. if you use SuSanA more in a private capacity)?

Looking forward to reading form you! :)

Regards,
Elisabeth

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Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Nancy from PATH has written in another forum post (see here ):

I’m a fan of the SuSanA forum and the supportive online community it fosters.


Thanks. :)

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Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Hi Sarah

Even though your want to look at this from a qualitative point of view - it might be interesting to set up a quick surveymonkey on the point you mentioned in your email:

  • New partnerships with other organizations in the WASH sector or beyond
  • Grant opportunities discovered
  • New directions for your work
  • Important critiques or insights
  • A new audience for sharing your work
  • Discovery of new job opportunities
  • Expansion of your personal network
  • Learning opportunities, e.g. by following discussions on the forum
  • Ability to quickly download or access documents, photos, videos, presentations, posters etc.
  • Virtual participation at meetings via Live Streaming
  • Other examples??


For my side, I can say that SuSanA so far has impacted my work mainly as a network to share and discuss my ideas (sounding board / dissemination) and a important source of knowledge and information.
Moreover I can say that SuSanA fulfills for me the roles that we have set ourselves for the roadmap 2013 to 2018 (see also forum.susana.org/forum/categories?func=v...4888&limit=1000#5418 ):

  • Coordination and discussion platform
  • Knowledge exchange and learning platform
  • Sounding board
  • Contribute to Policy Dialogue
  • Promotion
  • Working platform

The roadmap was a result of an extensive review of past SuSanA activities since its foundation as well as such a surveymonkey combined with open collection of feedback from members and partners: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-by-...xt-5-years-of-susana

Cheers, Dorothee

Dorothee Spuhler
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Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Hi all,

I had similar experiences as Dorothee - SuSanA is a great platform in order to exchange ideas, learn about who is doing what, about new developments, etc.

As for the more practical things, I competed twice in calls which had been published on the SuSanA site - unfortunately with no immediate success.

Kind regards,

H-A

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When I went to Senegal for the SuSanA conference that preceded AfricaSan I met Chuck Henry, inventor of the Earth Augur, and then Dana Ward of PSI, who lives in Ghana. Both have been excellent resources and sounding boards for all things sanitation. I then got Chuck connected to a village Chief in a seaside farming community in Ghana where I've been sending students for summer internships in organic farming. Dana helped manage the shipping, and Chuck followed soon after to do a training program in the village on how to construct the toilets. The Chief couldn't be happier with his private toilet, as seen in the photo taken last week. Notice that the Chief is wearing a T-Shirt from The Urgent Run. Chuck's fund-raising project on World Toilet Day in 2017 will be dedicated to providing toilets to the village school. It all traces back to SuSanA.

SuSanA online is also an excellent resource for networking, as I found when I went to Nairobi. I made a few phone calls and soon was meeting people from Nairobi whom I'd seen post on SuSanA. Professional contacts turn into friends, and I find myself looking for ways to help people with their projects.....like Chuck Henry helped with mine. More thanks to SuSanA.

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Of all the ways that SuSanA has enriched my life, the best is this: I don't need to know the answers.

I'm a generalist across whose desk come excellent sanitation questions for which I do not know the answers. Usually I go on line, find the information and a couple of good resource documents and get back to the inquirer right away. Other times, I refer people to SuSanA, assuring them that should they not find what they need in the Library, they should join the Forum. And should they not get adequate answers to their post, they can community directly with an expert.

SuSanA has impact because it's a living community supported by an extensive and well-designed online ecosystem.

Carol McCreary
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Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.
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Over the past 3 years I've helped write and shepherd Recode's Composting Toilet and Urine Diversion code into the Uniform Plumbing Code's Green Supplement (2015 or 2016, as yet unpublished) and now THe IAPMO/ANSI WE Stand (Water Efficiency Code).
www.recodenow.org/portfolio/recode-draft...e-diversion-toilets/

SuSanA's library of examples of urine diversion and composting toilet systems was crucial in resolving key issues in the code, such as the recommended slope for urine piping. Without the SuSana Library we would have to rely mostly on US-based system examples, where urine diversion and practices such as outdoor compost 'finishing' are rare. SuSaNa's links to resources on urine hygienization were also valuable.

thanks for all the great work compiling resources!
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Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples

Hello SuSanA community,

As far as I am concerned the impact of SuSanA are the following:
- daily learning opportunities through the forum especially about 3 things :
1) policy and approach (all the discussions about the sanitation ladder, WASH and Nut etc.)
2) large scale approach (vs point of view based on village or district level) and
3) research (through the presentation of the Bill & Melinda Gates research grants).
Without the forum I would not be acquainted to these topics. SuSanA keeps me updated in the currents debates and latest research topics.

- the platform as a whole : forum, library, newsletters and newsmails in particular and also webinars and thematic discussion series.
Each time I am working in a project as a consultant I am screening through SuSanA's platform and I find really interesting documents. Last month I was working on a document related to sanitation in Mali and I found specific case studies, surveys, and reports.

Newsletters and newsmail are brilliant because they keep us updated with all ongoing projects. This allows to have a broader view and plenty of ideas when working of projects. NeThis is always the case with each assignment.

The latest discussion on Wash and Nut was really rich in my view. I really appreciated the participation of different experts and the links they shared towards videos, factsheets, reports from surveys of excellent quality. As far as I am concerned this was a real learning experience.

Last but not least, I really appreciate the effort of SuSanA to bridge the language barrier by providing some of the documents in French and in Spanish. This is also done in some MOOCs in sanitation. This contributes to improve experience sharing between latin and south America, different countries in Africa and Asia.

Thanks SuSanA !

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At my work and studies, SuSanA is like my dictionary. I find all the information i need always, sometimes just amazed by the creative heads on the Forum.
I hardly spend a day without checking on the updates, new posts, opportunities for partnership, grants.

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