time to reflect

Phase 5: Analysis

The Analysis Phase, which generally includes a data Findings Report and media campaign, can itself be a long process, averaging 12 - 24 months for many pilots. For the first part of this phase, when data is being analyzed and the Report is being created, your organization may engage with the community similarly to during the Distribution Phase: using qualitative data, events, and campaigns to continue to grow the energy in your community for basic income. Once the Report is ready, promoting and socializing the results via events, press, and strategic policy discussions is a critical part of ensuring your pilot has maximum impact and accomplishes its core goals.

In addition to the Report, next steps can include: documenting best practices and sharing these with the broader pilot community, nurturing your local coalition of organizations and leaders to continue basic income advocacy work, and, if it's on your roadmap, iterating on your process and preparing for a next cohort or new program.

Key Questions to Ask

  • How do we ensure that the energy and support for basic income in our community continues during this phase and beyond?
  • What is the best way to reflect on our process to identify key learnings and best practices from our experience? What is the best way to share these with the broader pilot community?
  • What can the data results do to inform more effective direct cash policy? Are there results from other pilot findings you can connect your results to for deeper impact?
  • How is our pilot contributing to overall narrative change around systemic inequity and the corresponding need for basic income?

opportunities for engagement

Sharing Your Results and Next Steps

The lifecycle of your pilot has reached its final phase and distribution has completed. This is a time to analyze your data and create a report to disseminate in local, state, and national circles of interest. The narrative work continues through this phase and, if a part of your roadmap, these two pieces work together to guide you as you return to the Design and Launch phase for your next cohort.

Below are different goals for each of the key community groups you will likely engage with during the Analysis phase, and some strategies and resources for you to achieve these goals. As always, please reach out directly to Income Movement to discuss these ideas further. If you would like to access the full list of community engagement activities click here.

Community Groups

Pilot Administrators and Partners

Pilot Participants

General Community Members

Your Team & Local Partners

Create a report that you can use and share with a variety of audiences.

Things to consider including in your report: (1) impact of the pilot on recipients, (2) learnings on designing and implementing the pilot, (3) narrative work done around the pilot and (4) any actions people can take for the overall movement that came specifically from this work.

Successfully implement the off-boarding or exit transition with recipients as they move out of the program.

During the Design phase, your pilot team should have designed an off-boarding process that includes an option to continue with wrap-around services in order to help recipients continue to find economic stability and security — a process that will have been partially tested with broader community members who were not selected for the program.

Keep the pilot relevant in the local, state and national spheres.

It is important to disseminate the results of your pilot as soon as possible and frame it right for each audience. Being the newest pilot to report findings gets you attention - use that to make sure that the goals of your pilot become part of the everyday discourse in these different spheres.

Celebrate all the work your pilot team has done to reach the final phase of your pilot’s lifecycle.

The amount of time each team member and partner organization put into the successful completion of your pilot’s lifecycle is countless. Make sure to celebrate yourself and take time to truly appreciate what you all have accomplished.

Ensure that your team is poised and ready to return to the Design / Launch phase for your next cohort of participants (if starting new cycle).

So much happens during the lifecycle of a pilot (more than any one person can keep track of), so it is important to capture any lingering thoughts, ideas, hunches, and notions that are floating around your team as they digest what has happened and anticipate what's to come.


Ensure recipients feel appreciated and take to heart that they were more than recipients — they are contributors to future basic income policy.

Being a part of a pilot program is a life-altering experience that they have accepted in order to better their situation and ultimately provide the fodder for basic income legislation. It is important to celebrate what has been done and show appreciation to your recipients.

Ensure recipients feel confident about their next steps as they go through the exit process of the pilot.  

It is important to design a process where people feel confident about what to do next after exiting the pilot. Creating an event where recipients can plan for the future together can help them feel like they are not alone in this transitional period.

Broad Community Members

Ensure the broader community is excited by the results and ready to help disseminate the results locally, statewide, and nationally.

The broader community has been engaged and involved in every phase of your pilot’s lifecycle and, in some cases, have even contributed their stories. They should be excited to be able to share the final findings from the pilot.

(Specific for Broad Community Storytellers) Ensure community storytellers feel appreciated by the pilot team and other broad community members.

These community members volunteered their own time to contribute to the pilot and help craft the narrative(s) that will ultimately get us to basic income legislation. Their community should show them how much they appreciate them as contributors to the movement.

community resources

Best Practices & Tools

In the Analysis phase, it is important that your team continues to focus on communications — the release of data and the collection of stories from participants and broad community members should give you the ability to craft a complete story to communicate to stakeholders. For a full list of reports and resources that are part of the compilation, click here.

Stakeholder Engagement

The press, policymakers, and broader community should continue to stay in the forefront of your engagement as all three groups could shift their focus quickly. It is suggested to proactively engage these groups when your report is published in order to make the biggest impact and stay in control of the narrative. Regular meetings with your task force and or working group can help you strategize around approaches for sharing the results.


Framing Communications

When communicating research findings to the public, the process functions best when the current audience is kept top of mind. There are several strategies that help facilitate public understanding of the pilot’s findings while avoiding distortions or miscommunications.