In this section of the Toolkit, you will find information and resources specific to the primary activities of a SIGHT group. SIGHT Group’s main purpose is to partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. 

I. Humanitarian Technology and Sustainable Development Projects

SIGHT Groups engage in “feet on the ground” initiatives that contribute positively and sustainably to their local community. Most SIGHT Groups build a project from the ground up, but it’s also acceptable for SIGHT Groups to make a significant contribution to an external ongoing project.

In this section you will be able to learn about funding, tools + resources for best practices, and case studies.

II. Training and Professional Development

IEEE SIGHT has determined five key subject areas of training and professional development that are important for SIGHT Group volunteers in order to implement sustainable and impactful projects with local communities. 1) Overview of sustainable development; 2) Engineering and sustainable development; 3) Human-centered & community-based solutions; 4) Social impact project management; and 5) Social impact assessment. 

In this section you will have access to recommended resources to learn about tools to implement sustainable humanitarian projects.

III. Building the Group’s Capacities

In order to implement sustainable and impactful projects in local communities, groups need to build various capacities including, but not limited to: recruiting new volunteers, engaging volunteers, building community partnerships, and securing funding.

In this section you have access to recommended tools and resources to build these capacities.

IV. SIGHT Group Operations & Structure 

SIGHT Groups follow the guidelines in the IEEE SIGHT Group Operations Handbook. The Handbook ensures consistency in the operational practices of SIGHT Groups across the world, provide guidelines to help Groups form and operate, and strengthen the resources and support system for members of existing SIGHT Groups.

See this section for the SIGHT Group Operations Handbook and reporting requirements for SIGHT Groups.