SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Tue, 31 May 2016 10:03:12 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: osbert http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17787 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17787 I hardly spend a day without checking on the updates, new posts, opportunities for partnership, grants.]]> Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:47:48 +0000 Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: cecile http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17781 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17781
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 !]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:30:40 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: Mathew http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17686 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17686 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!]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:33:23 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: Carol McCreary http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17590 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17590
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.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:21:14 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: DianeKellogg http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17524 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17524
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.]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:47:42 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: HAPitot http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17482 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17482
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]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:21:51 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17478 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17478
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...&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]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:06:10 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17472 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17472 here):

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


Thanks. ]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:24:29 +0000
Re: How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17401 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17401
I thought by now we'd have a flood of posts in this thread...
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]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:49:55 +0000
How has SuSanA impacted your work? Please provide testimonials, stories and examples - by: SDickin http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17348 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/17348-how-has-susana-impacted-your-work-please-provide-testimonials-stories-and-examples#17348
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 (sarah.dickin@sei-international.org) 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]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:17:49 +0000
Re: SuSanA vision documents now with open access clause instead of all rights reserved - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/15941-susana-vision-documents-now-with-open-access-clause-instead-of-all-rights-reserved#17130 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/15941-susana-vision-documents-now-with-open-access-clause-instead-of-all-rights-reserved#17130
However, I am disappointed that the Hindi version is still missing. We have 651 SuSanA members from India (forum.susana.org/forum/statistics?task=map) and none of them have volunteered to translate five sentences from English to Hindi? Come on, Indian SuSanA members, someone give yourself a push...

This is the paragraph that needs to be translated from English to Hindi:

Copyright information

All SuSanA materials are available under the open access licence CC-BY SA. Proper acknowledgement of the source should always be given when materials are used.
This licence statement only applies to materials by SuSanA but not necessarily to documents and presentations by others that have been uploaded to the SuSanA library or SuSanA website. For those documents by others, please check their licence situation carefully before using them. In any case, always make sure you give proper acknowledgement of the source


Or how about someone from the new India Sanitation Coalition? (forum.susana.org/forum/categories/87-new...ganisation-of-susana)

The difficulty with Amharic I can understand a bit better (we only have 103 SuSanA members from Ehtiopia).

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 22 Feb 2016 02:22:01 +0000
Re: SuSanA vision documents now with open access clause instead of all rights reserved - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/15941-susana-vision-documents-now-with-open-access-clause-instead-of-all-rights-reserved#16807 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/15941-susana-vision-documents-now-with-open-access-clause-instead-of-all-rights-reserved#16807

Searching for "vision2008" you find all vision documents (except the Hindi and Amharic version which are not yet updated) with updated Copyright Information (i.e. open access clause) in our library now.

I.e. here:
www.susana.org/en/resources/library?search=vision2008

Kind Regards,
Jasmin (on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat)]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:38:01 +0000
Re: 6000 members and growing! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16698 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16698
I used www.easymoza.com/index.php?t=11 to create the mosaic. The idea was really nice but the only problem we had was to adapt the size of the photos and wait around 20min while they were uploading. In the end it was really worth it!

Only 1000 members have profile picture, which means around 17% of the forum members. Hopefully the next time we will have all the photos to create nicer things.

Regards,
Evelyn (on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat)]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:56:02 +0000
Re: 6000 members and growing! - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16670 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16670
Woha, that's quite a cool map of SuSanA members you have put together there! At first I thought the location of the profile photo corresponded with the physical location but then I realised that is not so.

Nevertheless, it is very pretty! Which nifty little software or website did you use to create this? And while you created this, what did you find regarding the percentage of members who have uploaded a photo of themselves (or a logo of their organisation or something similar) versus those who haven't? My gut feeling is that perhaps about one third of members has edited their forum profile (and added something) but two thirds have not (i.e. those who are either new or haven't posted anything yet).

Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. I have moved your post into the existing thread where we had announced ealier member number milestones. It is quite nice to have this "history" of how our member numbers have increased.

P.P.S. If anyone now feels inspired to upload their profile photo, but doesn't know how to do this, please see here on how to do it (with video tutorial):
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/134-us...-with-video-tutorial]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:38:57 +0000
6000 SuSanA members and growing! - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16656 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/10-announcements-regarding-susana/16656-6000-susana-members-and-growing?limit=12&start=12#16656 6000 members being part of SuSanA! 20% growth in just six months!



Have a look to this unique world of 6000 people:



Click here to zoom in the image and find your profile picture. Who is next to you?


Once again thank you for enriching the discussions every day and working together towards providing sustainable sanitation worldwide. Welcome to the new forum members!

Warm regards,
Evelyn (on behalf of the SuSanA secretariat)]]>
Announcements regarding SuSanA Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:10:13 +0000