SenseMaker® for International Development

Empowering local voices to guide the impact

Working together on some of the world's biggest challenges

Nations and not-for-profit organizations continue to help the development of other countries and regions. Giving and helping is part of being human. Oftentimes our well placed intentions are based on what we think others need. But do we really understand the nature of the environments and citizen communities we are aiming to assist? SenseMaker® helps us immensely with this question.

Understand your local impact through local voices

SenseMaker® allows development workers to more deeply understand the local perspectives of people within their local communities. People’s everyday stories gathered as shared observations and experiences, provide a local context and situational understanding. Use SenseMaker® to give voice to the citizens you’re working with to allow for a shared collaboration on scaling and expanding a desired impact.

Enhance current tools with SenseMaker® data


SenseMaker® allows development workers to more deeply understand the local perspectives of people within their local communities. People’s everyday stories gathered as shared observations and experiences, provide a local context and situational understanding. Use SenseMaker® to give voice to the citizens you’re working with to allow for a shared collaboration on scaling and expanding a desired impact.

Embrace and work with uncertainty

Knowing that you are working in a rapidly changing local environment, requires tools and capabilities to continuously probe and to monitor shifts on the ground. SenseMaker® gives you a way to understand the flow of observations and experiences of people receiving aid and support. Adapt your responses and interventions in real-time to allow you to ensure the most significant impact of your programme or initiative.

Empower multiple stakeholders with local voices for feedback

Seeing the patterns across the stories of local citizens provides a narrative landscape of impact, non-impact, shifting contexts, and firm beliefs. Decisions from an outside perspective require local knowledge so as to situate the best actions for desired results. With multiple stakeholders involved, knowing how to manage trade-offs is key. Let SenseMaker® capture a diversity of local voices across multiple-stakeholders to inform your difficult decisions.