the social impact lab design CHALLENGE

Through a series of community-based, pre-lab events, three design challenges have emerged to help focus the initial research efforts of lab participants as they seek to learn more about the issues and opportunities related to the lab project.

The Design Challenges for Spring 2019 are as follows:


How might we use existing community assets to address risk factors specific to high-risk, vulnerable populations or areas?

Recommended Focus: FMA #12 (Sandy Blvd)


How might we better connect information or services in order to reduce repeat, low acuity calls?

Recommended Focus: FMA #25 (Woodstock)


How might we build, activate, or enable grass-roots network(s) that supports a range of public health needs to help our communities thrive?

Recommended Focus: FMA #11 (Lents)


Key Resources

Here’s a list of information that can provide relevant background information for the project and design challenges.


  • Blueprint for Success Lab Page: Click here to learn details on the history of the project and project sponsor.

  • Portland Fire & Rescue Blueprint for Success Page: Click here to read the official department website and information

Be sure to download the relevant Blueprint for Success Reports based on the design challenge selected above:


  • Social Impact Lab Orientation (60 min): Click here to view the video from Thursday, May 16, including an overview of the lab process and a walk-thru of the Blueprint for Success Dashboard Data

Dashboard Data:

  • Blueprint for Success Dashboard Data: Click here to access


  • We will be adding additional resources to support future phases of the lab. Watch this space.

A note on representing the lab

When interacting with potential interviewees or other project stakeholders throughout the lab process, it is important that you represent yourself as a participant in the lab.

Things to keep in mind:

  • If you wish to reach out to city departments or community-based organizations, especially as part of research, please connect with us before hand.

  • When you discuss the lab, be sure to emphasize your role as a participant.

For a full description of best practices, review here.