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Failure of the “Gold Standard”: The Role of a Mixed Methods Research Toolkit and Human-Centered Design in Transformative WASH

“We believe that the current definition of the “gold standard” in academic research is failing the WASH sector and does not align with “Transformative WASH.” Rather, the “gold standard” should instead be a mixed methods research toolkit that utilizes Human-Centered Design (HCD) practices and proxy methods such as “participatory design” or “Behavior Centered Design theory” to better design and evaluate WASH interventions.” Read more in the latest #wishforwash #peerreviewed publication that was featured in the Environmental Health Insight’s special issue on ‘Learning From Failure in Environmental and Public Health Research’ at https://buff.ly/3g4bosE.