The “backcasting” process involves defining a future vision of a solution being used in a specific context and then working “backwards” to identify necessary steps to achieve this vision. Along the way, we ask you to identify 1) possible barriers (and solutions to those barriers) that will need to be addressed or mitigated, 2) key essential elements and enabling factors to help ensure a solution gains traction, and 3) other synergistic solutions that you think should be “bundled” or “packaged together” to help increase the potential for impact or likelihood for success.
To build a pathway-to-impact map for an innovative food system solution in a specific context or setting, please work through the questionnaire sections on the next pages and follow the instructions along the way.
This tool has been designed to be used by an individual and/or with a team to better understand the what, when, and how of moving a solution (or set of solutions) towards uptake and eventually major impact for a desired outcome. This can be carried out as a quick “snapshot” exercise online (~20-30 minutes) or could be worked with at a much deeper level of detail, for example in a hybrid online/offline mode over the course of several hours or days in a workshop or brainstorming team exercise.
Before you begin…
- Brainstorm first - We offer the full backcasting exercise questionnaire as a downloadable PDF worksheet to use before you work online in case that’s helpful. We highly recommend you use this in case there are internet bandwidth challenges in your context to prevent the loss of your work online before you SUBMIT.
- Once you start (online), don’t stop! When you begin to work through the tool questionnaire online to build a pathway-to-impact map, you must complete and submit the map to save it to the portal (and to download / print as a PDF file, if you choose). At this time, we do no’t offer the option of saving and returning later to complete.
- Share and inspire others - Pathway-to-impact maps will be quickly reviewed for relevance/appropriateness by the IFSS Portal research team, and then will be published on solution profile page(s) directly in order to share ideas and inspire others to move towards action in their settings.
- Your opinion matters! We are excited to learn how it works for you and how we can improve it (and accompanying materials) going forward - reach out with any questions and/or send us feedback at IFSSportal@gainhealth.org