All Resources for Field Testing and Supporting Activities

Applying a user-centered design approach to the Reinvented Toilet development process

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: October 2016

Brief description:

One approach that STeP believes will increase the success rate of sanitation technology deployment is implementing user-centered design (UCD) throughout the technology development and commercialization process.

Key topics:

  • User-centered design approach
  • Stakeholder perspective surveys
  • User experience research
  • Value drivers and customer segmentation

Ethics and Safety Guide

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: April 2016

Brief description:

The Ethics and Safety Guide contains guidance and best practices for conducting safe and ethical field testing of innovative sanitation technologies, including topics such as gaining informed consent, working with Institutional Review Boards, and ensuring workforce safety.

Key topics:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Informed Consent
  • Regulations and Permissions
  • Standards
  • Field Testing Safety

Capturing Stakeholder Perspectives: Survey Instruments

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: March 2016

Brief description:

STeP developed a suite of survey instruments designed to systematically capture the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of key stakeholders – users, maintenance staff, facility managers, etc. – throughout the field-testing process. Partners may find it a useful starting point as they plan user studies during field testing.

Key topics:

  • Incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Data management
  • Adapting survey instruments to specific contexts
  • Matching methods with data needs

STeP Global Testing Protocols and Parameters

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: January 2016

Brief description:

One of the primary goals of STeP is to support field testing of advanced sanitation technologies. To support testing of technologies by STeP, as well as by the broader sanitation community, we have created a global testing and protocols guide. The guide, developed in collaboration with partners, offers standards, test measures, and recommendations for assessing a full spectrum of operational and performance measures.

Key topics:

  • Standardized field test measurements to assess safety and performance
  • Measures for liquid, solids, emissions, sound, energy and operations
  • Testing parameters regulated by local or international standards
  • Parameters that impact user adoption
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