Post 12 – May 1st

What we’ve done It’s been a busy week. We are concluding the research phase and will begin the synthesis and concepting phase next week. We have a few final interviews, namely with Ugandans living in Uganda – both are affiliated with youth development centers and should have insight into the tangible skills and goals of teenagers and young adults. Through the last couple weeks in this phase, we are exploring the Ugandan side of things more deeply, through interviews, literature review, and online surveys. We want to understand their perception of the diaspora, as well as their deeper wants and needs. Since our project is aimed at exploring ways to connect the diaspora to people back at home, Ugandans living in Uganda play a vital role in that exchange. We finally have our surveys ready for online deployment. They have gone through many rounds of refinement, and we’ve taken a close look at a similar survey written for the Albanian diaspora for comparison. There are two surveys: one for the diaspora, one for Ugandans at home. For the diaspora, we wrote a few weeder questions to assess the validity of the respondents, and the rest of the questions were modeled off of our standard interview questions. We added a couple more about their cultural identification; items they bring back from Uganda; and things they’ve been exposed to while abroad that they would have found useful in Uganda. For the Uganda side of things, some of the things we wanted to learn about included: what type of information they ask about from their counterparts abroad; what they would want Uganda...