Session 2: 
Setting up for Co-Design

Getting deeper into the theory behind the practice

Our key takeaway from session 2: 

The set up phase includes more than just getting users and stakeholders in the room, we need to also cultivate authorising environments and ensure we are using the right method for the right problem.
It is vital to have an authorising environment that is supportive of co-design
Cynefin framework is useful for categorising problems to determine an appropriate response to them
A co-design methodology is generally used for complex problems
Our problem definition is fluid can and will change over time
There are a few different co-design models - we are using just one of many!
Problem Definition
Defining our problem is one of the trickiest parts of the process and will change many times on our journey.
This problem definition template will help you work towards clarifying your problem

Click below to download the tool


Complete these tasks before the next session:
Do an individual reflective exercise:
  • Describe a time when you designed a solution to a complex problem
  • How did you do it?
  • What worked well?
  • What could have worked better?
  • What was the impact of your solution?
Cultivate a critical friend for the duration of the program
See critical friend role description here

We’ve also have some co-design alumni who have offered to be your critical friends if you need! You can reach out to any of them if you need here.
Do a reflective exercise with your team

Note: Try meet 15 minutes before your session to make time for this - we will share back our reflections with the larger group at the beginning of each session.
  • How are you progressing?
  • How are we feeling?
  • What questions are we walking into the next session with?


Interested in more resources and theory?  See below for useful tools, articles and resources.