Find a Solution supported two students – Rebecca Harkes and Melanie Hall – to carry out an extensive stakeholder analysis to help inform and make recommendations for DRECT’s future development strategy.
In response to the students FAS DRECT REPORT Neil Lovelock, the DRECT Project Development Manager, commented:
“The work that the students completed for us has provided us with some excellent qualitative and quantitative information and evidence, and much food for thought, that will allow us to continue to move forward and develop as an organisation. We have already made progress on some of the recommendations …and (the student’s report) is already proving to be beneficial for us in the following ways:
• We have engaged with nearly 30 local organisations as part of the anti-dog fouling campaign
• We are following up on the community engagement recommendation and are in contact with the Scottish Community Development Centre about support through their Supporting Communities programme
•We have met with Glasgow Clyde College to discuss the future of the food waste project
• Both Rebecca and Melanie have noted an interest in joining our board of Directors”
Here’s what Rebecca – one of the two students who worked on the project – said about her FAS experience:
“My experience with my Find A Solution project was a very positive one. From the outset, we were welcomed by our charity and made to feel like part of the team.
The experience of structuring an independent research project, creating a timeline and working out how to achieve our project objectives has been an excellent way to prepare me for my dissertation and any research I carry out in the future. I also gained first-hand experience of carrying out research through different methods such as face-to-face surveys, written surveys and semi-structured interviews.
I am proud of the report that we produced and feel that it has helped to identify issues the charity is facing in the community and possible ways of tackling them. Being involved in this project has made me feel more confident about dealing with any problems I may face in my future career.
Finally, the FAS project allowed me to meet a great group of people. I was really impressed with the work that DRCET to help the local community. I have continued my involvement with DRCET and hope to keep this up in the future.”