Blog Entry 3

Question 1. 

  1. What is the main objective of our project? 
  2.  Who are we trying to impact?
  3. Who is most impacted by the issue?
  4. What sector of air quality can we impact?
  5. What impact are we going to have?
  6. What are the externalities of Kazakhstan’s air pollution? 
  7. What are the main pollutants affecting the community?
  8. What side effects do the pollutants have?
  9. How does air pollution impact the rest of the environment in Almaty? Water? Soil? 
  10. How can we use culture to our advantage?
  11. How does outdated technology impact the project and our direction?
  12. What work are people there already doing towards combating the poor air pollution?
  13. What factors into the poor air quality?
  14. What bias are there in the information we receive due to the type of government there is?
  15. How has Kazakhstan attempted to address this issue before?
  16.  How can we show that improved air quality can have a positive impact on the economy? 
  17. How can we adapt to their culture while doing fieldwork? 
  18. Will the government play a part in the solution that we come up with? 
  19. How can we most effectively use our resources?
  20. What are the people in Almaty’s perspective of air quality?
    1. How aware are people in Almaty about air quality issues?


Our project’s logic model: 

  • Inputs: 
    • Collaboration with people  
    • Developed partnerships 
    • Research 
    • Planning 
    • Outside funding 
  • Outputs 
    • Improved air quality measuring methods
      • Detailed models→ More substantial data 
      • One concern was that the Kazhydromet’s measurements provide an inaccurate conclusion that nitrogen oxide is the only pollutant that should be of concern that is in the Almaty air.  With the help of upgraded air monitoring we hope to improve the quality of information regarding the risks air pollution poses to Almaty residents. Such information is essential for the subsequent efforts to address the air quality problem.
    • Advocate for better air quality (Overall, environmental) education and workshops 
    • Install sustainable heating systems 
    • Improved human health 
      • Example: Improvement of cardiovascular health and a decrease in respiratory diseases
  • Outcomes
    • People that are more educated about the air quality issue
      • More environmentally aware and conscious 
    • Improved quality of life 
      • More outside recreational activities 
        • Being relieved from the worries centered around the health impacts that come with being outside for long periods of time


M & E Model: 

  • Assumptions: 
    • We’re assuming that the people of Almaty
    • Almaty doesn’t need help to fix air quality because they expect the government to do something.


Long Term Goals:

  • Almaty Local Government will use our ideas and published research in some way to assess and improve air quality.
  • People of Almaty will be better informed about pollution and continue taking initiatives.
  • People will avoid high pollution time of day and use nasal strips to reduce inhaling Contaminants
  • For Almaty residents to see their mountains all times
  • Decrease amount of respiratory diseases
  • Behavioral change in which people reduce and limit their carbon footprint 

Short Term Goals:

  • Have published a paper or journal 
  • Have had collaboration with the nonprofit organization 
  • Have a business idea to pitch nasal strips for residents to use 

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