People-Centred Policy Design
Discover policymaking techniques to bring user voices to policies
To help better understand your users and design policies that deliver greater value, it is essential you are able to listen to and apply user voices to your work.
On this five-week course, developed by the UK Civil Service Policy Profession and Policy Lab, you’ll learn how to use innovative techniques to ensure users are at the centre of your new policies. With this knowledge, you can maximise the impact of your work.
Each method is laid out alongside real-life case studies to help you gain practical skills to apply to your context. By the end, you’ll know how to design policies from the viewpoints of those affected by them.
Gain an understanding of ethnography
An ethnographic film, similar to a documentary, aims to highlight people’s lived experience in their own environment.
On this course, you’ll explore the importance of film ethnography in telling the stories of diverse people and how you can use it to improve your work.
Next, you’ll unpack co-design to ensure your policies follow a collaborative approach. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to minimise risks during policy implementation, develop trust, and build community engagement.
Unpack speculative design and serious games
Speculative design allows you to take into account new perspectives. On the course, you’ll learn how to use speculative design to help better understand your users.
You’ll also discover how game elements can be combined with learning strategies to teach skills and attitudes. This understanding will help you use serious games to improve your policymaking.
Take your next steps in people-centred public policy
With guidance and support from policymakers, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge to help you understand people better, design policies creatively, and deliver greater public value.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore more about innovative methods that help you understand people better, design policies creatively and deliver greater public value. We describe three such methods in detail and highlight others like them
- Explore what it feels like to try out these methods. You’ll hear from policy makers and members of the public who participated in the actual examples
- Investigate how you could implement these innovative people-centred methods in your role as a policy maker. You should get a sense of the tools, skills and other requirements for incorporating such methods in your work, as well as the benefits in trying t
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for policy professionals who are concerned with the design, delivery, and evaluation of policy.
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