Blog #3 Theory of Change( Logical Model)


  • Money
  • Time
  • Knowledge
  • Expertise
  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Partners


  • research
  • prototyping
  • designing
  • networking
  • visit farms
  • educate
  • propose Ideas


  • (Down the road) Social venture focused on introducing and implementing sustainable, state-of-the-art copra processing methods to copra farmers.
  • Valued-added products from coconut (one of the options)
  • Maximize use of the whole coconut
  • Consistency in Quality of Copra (and higher quality of Copra)
  • Reduced coconut waste
  • Increased nutritional value in copra (one of the options)



  • Knowledge and awareness of current drying processes and their shortcomings


  • Reduced the popular use of sun-drying and smoke-drying methods


  • Benefit the economy and communities in the Philippines
  • Elevate the livelihoods and Increase income for copra farmers


Goals for 2020 Spring 

  • Research the current copra processing methods and their shortcomings.
  • Research current processes and innovations being employed and piloted in the Philippines and other copra processing countries such as Indonesia, India, and Brazil.
  • Research other aspects of copra processing, including stakeholders, business, and supply chain.
  • Research the state-of-the-art science and technology with a view to product/design and venture creation in the future.
  • Connect with students and faculty from the University of the Philippines.
  • A proposed design/prototype of our own processing technique
  • IRB approval


Spring 2020 Deliverables:

  • Lehigh Expo Apri
  • GSIF Presentation May 2
  • Published paper (challenges and opportunities) highlighting the current processing methods and their shortcomings/what works


Summer Mountaintop Initiative Part 1 (06/01/2020- 06/27/2020)

  • Continue Spring 2020 Research by exploring and examining the four potential pathways with regards to design, materials testing, and prototyping
  • Investigate the other three potential pathways
  • Prepare for the fieldwork


Field Tasks (06/28/2020 – 07/16/2020)

  • Collaborate with students and faculty working hands-on from the University of the Philippines
  • Conduct market research on copra supply chain and connect with smallholder coconut farmers
  • Collaborate with and form strong partnerships with coconuts industry stakeholders


Summer Mountaintop Initiative Part 2 (07/17/2020 – 08/07/2020)

  • Evaluate the fieldwork results to determine the social, economic, sustainable and environmental impact of the project.
  • Determine which potential pathway is the best to accomplish the project’s mission.
  • Continue designing and field-testing products and processes based on fieldwork results.
  • Have UPD partners test the design/process/prototype in-country and obtain their feedback during design iterations.

1 Comment on Blog #3 Theory of Change( Logical Model)

  1. lef219
    February 13, 2020 at 12:41 am (1 year ago)

    Great work on the questions list – you identify many important considerations. I would elaborate on the first few sections of your logic model. But what’s most important for now is the overall structure of the model and I think that looks good!

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