These files are meant to be used before, during and after while employing Capability Driven Design approach in your field visit. You can download it and/or print them as per your convenience.


The Opportunity Detection Kit (ODK) is a toolkit that supports the designer to conduct step 3 of the Capability Driven Design (CDD) approach: obtaining deep insight by means of semi-structured individual interviews (see figure below). The kit consists of steps, guidelines, techniques and tools which guide the design team when conducting semi-structured interviews and aid the design team to obtain rigorous and comprehensive insight in an efficient way. The steps and guidelines can be viewed when clicking the link below, the techniques and tools of the ODK can be downloaded below. For the full ODK manual, click [HERE]


When using ODK, the content of the CDD approach should be kept in mind: the thinking framework should be understood, and the prerequisites and guidelines followed. The themes & questions are part of the ODK itself: for each theme a question card is developed which holds a pictogram on one side and the theme with questions on the other side.




The presented steps need to be executed in order to conduct semi-structured interviews.


The presented guidelines provide support to designers for conducting ODK interviews.


The presented techniques guide designer to start a dialogue.




Tool 1: question cards

A set of twenty-one question cards and an introduction card. Each card contains a pictogram that symbolizes the theme. On the other side, the related questions are printed. The question cards guide the facilitator throughout the ODK interview, but they can also be used to show the progress of the interview and the topic that is being discussed to the participants and the translator. It is recommended – if time allows – that local visualizations be made for the question cards, so that participants can better relate to them. The design team is also recommended to cluster the selected question cards in sets of four, to keep a better overview.


tool 2: reminder cards

To further assist the design team in following the prerequisites and steps and remembering the most important behaviour and attitude to stick to, reminder cards have been developed, which can be viewed when clicking the link


tool 3: timelines

The ODK toolkit holds three timelines on which the participant or a team member can draw while questioning the participant. They should be used as conversation starters, to identify starting points for dialogue. The three timelines are: a timeline with suns and moons to draw a typical day of the participant, a timeline of the year which can be used additionally to learn more about participants’ activities throughout the year, and a timeline of personal history which can be used to learn more about participants’ personal history  by going back to past experiences. These timelines can be downloaded by clicking the link.


tool 4: drawing sheets

The ODK toolkit holds two drawing sheets; one to enable mapping of participants’ housing, surroundings and movement patterns, and one to map participants’ appearance and social life. These drawing sheets can be downloaded by clicking the link.


tool 5: sorting sheets

The ODK toolkit holds a sorting sheet. The sorting exercise is to understand how people value the different themes. Participants should indicate which sub-themes they value most in their lives. The sub-theme pictograms are available in a smaller size and can be placed on the sorting sheet. The exclamation marks indicate importance. The participants have to sort the sorting cards in six categories from very important (six exclamation marks) to not important (represented by one exclamation mark) (see figure 40). To avoid confusion, this can be done best by providing the sorting cards one by one and let people sort them one by one.


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