Resource Archive – 2020

Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook: How to Select a Pilot Site

Join the STeP team for an on demand webinar on the importance of pilot testing. Not only is a pilot test a safe place to fail when introducing new technology, it’s a critical first step before going to market or implementing a program, and often saves organizations time and money.
In this on-demand webinar, host Kate Bronstein presents the Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook  and highlights best practices that help technology developers and early adopters plan effective pilot tests to increase  a new technology’s chance for a successful launch. Drawing from  the concept of  design thinking, the Playbook is framed by three overlapping  priorities – viability, desirability, and feasibility – that inform technology  design, product launch, and scale-up  to reduce the risk of failure.  We explain a six-step process for defining organizational priorities and selecting a pilot site. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will know what information is needed to

  • define organizational  priorities and test business models;
  • identify which locations may be viable for target markets;
  • select a pilot site given technological needs, user community, and other criteria important to the product and business model.

Fecal Sludge Treatment Technology Decision Support Trees

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: India
Published date: January 2020

Brief description:

As municipal decision-makers consider available treatment solutions for managing fecal sludge waste streams, critical factors such as land availability and cost, the importance of water reclamation and complete pathogen destruction may influence selection of one technology over another. Based on city archetypes and key value drivers identified in STeP’s Market Insights for the Omni Processor, along with cost drivers identified in STeP’s Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) of Model Fecal-Sludge Management and Sewer-Based Systems in India, these decision trees can serve as a starting point for selecting best-fit FS treatment technologies.

Key topics

  • Omni processors
  • Fecal sludge treatment technologies
  • Technology selection

Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook: Streamlined Guidance for Technology and Commercial Partners

STeP or Partner: STeP
Country of focus: Global
Published date: January 2020

Brief description:

Newly introduced technologies  fail for many reasons. These include  low  user adoption,  a misunderstanding of the target market, and an unsound business model.

A pilot test can be a safe place to fail. The pilot can serve as a critical first step before going to market or implementing a program, and often saves organizations time and money in the long run.

The Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook (Playbook) brings together best practices in designing pilot programs and answers questions including:

  • How do I know what to pilot and when?
  • How do I design a pilot?
  • Where should I pilot test my solution?
  • Key topics

    • Decision support
    • Pilot test site location
    • convergence of late-stage technology readiness with pilot testing for product/program launch