What is a solution?
A solution is a specific aspect of your work or a work process that was done to solve a particular issue, problem, or challenge.
When documenting your solution try to be specific enough to provide meaning to others who might not be familiar with your work, while staying general enough that someone else can be inspired to apply components to their work.
There may be a mental shift you need to make from thinking about projects you work on to thinking about solutions you have participated in. From there, you need to identify the reusable components, or “building blocks”, of your project.
Criteria for solutions
- Solutions respond to challenges to sustainable development and human wellbeing and contribute to maintaining or improving the health of biodiversity and ecosystems.
- Solutions are effective and their implementation shows a demonstrated positive impact.
Replicable and/or scalable
- Elements (building blocks) of the solution have the potential for adaptation, replication or upscaling in other geographic, social or sectorial contexts.
What is NOT a solution?
If it takes an hour to explain the essence of your work, there might be multiple solutions contained in the work, but the work is not an appropriate single solution.
What is not necessarily a solution (but might be raw material or a component):
- Publication, brochure, grant report
What is a full solution?
Full solutions are documented using the complete solutions case study template. This includes a detailed description of the context in which your solution is applied (region, ecosystem etc.) and further details about the solution (challenges addresses, beneficiaries etc.).
Most importantly, the full solution template allows for describing the solution’s replicable key components, or “building blocks”. This information related to the building blocks is crucial to facilitate re-application and adaptation of your experiences, considering that solutions as a whole are usually context specific, while their individual components may be transferable to other contexts.
Furthermore, the full solution template allows you to add a personal “story”, which describes how the solution works, possibly from the perspective of a beneficiary, and using less technical, more subjective language. The story allows us to promote your solution through various communication channels, such as social media.
Typically, it will take you 1-2 hours to write up the first draft of a full solution.
What is a snapshot solution?
Submitting a snapshot solution allows you to contribute to PANORAMA easily and quickly and explore the added value of the format.
The snapshot solution template is a shortened version of the full solution case study template. It captures a short description, or abstract of the solution; a paragraph on impacts; and information on the organizations and individuals involved as well as links to further information.
Typically, it will take you 5-10 minutes to write up the first draft of a snapshot solution.
What is a Building Block?
- Building blocks are the key components of a solution, not the step-by-step process of your solution.
- Building blocks can be recombined and replicated (being adapted as needed) by other practitioners.
- Building blocks are the (few selected; up to 6) elements of your solution that really made the difference and made your efforts succeed.
- A building block should be described in a way that allows someone to understand the relevance beyond the use of it in your solution and thus, encourage an adaptation and reuse of the building block.
What is the relationship between a solution and a building block?
A solution is comprised of two to six building blocks, which in their unique combination and adaptation to the specific context contributed to making the solution a success.
How to publish a solution on the PANORAMA platform?
You think that you have an experience to share which meets the criteria for PANORAMA solutions? We would love to learn more about it!
Once you have completed all mandatory sections of the template, you can submit your solution .It will then be shared for review to the host of the respective thematic portal under which you entered your solution.
A representative of the thematic host will review and comment on your solution in order to ensure a consistent quality standard throughout PANORAMA, and to support you in self-identifying the core success factors in your work.
You can then revise your text, based on the reviewer’s comments. Once both sides agree on a final description of your solution, it will be published and will appear on the PANORAMA platform.
How to become a thematic host?
PANORAMA is structured into thematic chapters, reflected through thematic portals on the web platform. Each chapter is hosted by one or several organizations or initiatives. Thematic hosts are responsible for reviewing solutions submitted to their portal. They also have further rights and responsibilities as part of the PANORAMA partnership.
The managing partners are keenly interested in expanding the thematic scope, as well as the partnership base, of the PANORAMA, by including solutions from other themes, contributed by new partners.
If your organization or institution is interested in becoming a thematic host, please contact us.