Paper Giant helped develop a Minimum Viable Platform (MVP) to enable better data sharing and effective collaboration between diverse stakeholders undertaking conservation work across Australia.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) manages thousands of volunteers across Australia on projects such as wildlife protection, community gardens, wetlands rehabilitation, and bushfire recovery. With such a wide range of activities, it can be a challenge to capture learnings and outcomes in a consistent and shareable way.
As a nationwide organisation, CVA is uniquely positioned in Australia’s large, complex and dynamic landcare and conservation system to create a data-sharing platform that can capture the fieldwork in real time so project efforts and achievements are more visible to the grants bodies that support them.
Over 7 weeks Paper Giant interviewed three CVA stakeholders and eight people involved in planning, delivering and investing in conservation and landcare projects in Victoria and NSW.
We discovered four different modes of doing conservation work – fieldwork, facilitation, stewardship, and investment – and explored the unique needs of each mode.
This understanding was framed into a set of life stories that demonstrate how different organisations, processes, tools and technologies enable or inhibit information and data sharing throughout landcare networks.
We drew upon the research to outline a vision for a digital platform, including recommendations for platform validation and market launch that deliver for each landcare mode:
The existing system had multiple points of friction. Interactions and information flows were messy and cumbersome. The new platform enables more direct and faster information exchanges between relevant stakeholders.
Previously, people worked in their own ‘bubbles’, causing disconnection and lack of trust. There was a lack of cohesion across the network. Using the new platform, stakeholders can understand how every other stakeholder affects the health and productivity of land, across time.
There was a lack of shared understanding across the networks. Intentions and meanings could be misunderstood. The new platform provides a common language for all stakeholders.
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Paper Giant acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation, and the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our offices are located, and the Traditional Owners of Country on which we meet and work throughout Australia. We recognise that sovereignty over the land has never been ceded, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.