Design Thinking for Policy Making

QUT Design Lab developed a strategic design thinking workshop for policy makers involving participatory co-design methods.

This workshop was first presented at the Explore Design Conference 2017 — a whole of government initiative, responding to a growing need across the public sector to use design thinking to collaboratively develop more impactful policies.

During this workshop, the team showcases a hands-on methodology that generates future-thinking strategies around resilient approaches and systems. The intention is to create novel thinking and actions to support the transformation of future services in light of local and global changes.

Through a unique and carefully crafted set of activities, participants have direct hands-on experience of the design thinking process applied to the complex context of global change and increasingly collaborative policy development. The process is then unpacked to reveal the applied methods, results they generated and how they can potentially be translated to policy.

This workshop creates direct opportunity for key stakeholders to consider authentic service value for our communities through participatory design thinking processes.

This process is fully conceptualised, designed and produced by the QUT Design Lab team:

Design Thinking Team Members:

Dr Manuela Taboada

Dr Oksana Zelenko

Ms Carla Amaral

Dr Glenda Caldwell

Dr Ingrid-Van Putten (CSIRO)


A Toolkit with a sample of the methodology can be downloaded here.

Funding / Grants

  • Department of Employment (2017)