What will it take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 — universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all—by 2030? For more than 30 years, the Hilton Foundation has funded efforts to help answer this question. The Foundation wanted to share its Safe Water Initiative’s approach, results, and lessons learned with peer donors to leverage insights and accelerate progress.

Databoom used design thinking to focus on the information that peer donors would value most. We combined rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis with thoughtful design to produce three country profiles that are evidence-based, accurate, and honest. We also introduced a planning tool to maximize stakeholder engagement.

The Hilton Foundation wanted to capture its Safe Water Initiative’s grantmaking approach and set up a process by which learning could be shared over time and incorporated into a larger communications and advocacy strategy. “A lot has happened in the last two years,” explained the program’s director. “Peer donors want to understand our story and get involved. They could leverage our efforts to maximize success.”

That’s where we came in.