Build co-design capability

Learn how co-design can help your organisation and gather the skills to start implementing co-design in real life projects

From 'for' to 'with'

Shift your organisation's practice from designing 'for' to designing 'with' community and stakeholders
"I believe that every co-design process should include a consumer as a stakeholder as they have different on ground experiences from those that service them. Without the consumer voice you don't have a good idea of what is or is not working for your clients, which to me is just not good business.”
Christine Thirkell
Council for Homeless Persons
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What you get

Recruitment & Team setup
We provide you with information brochures & an application form to ensure the right commitment and expectations upfront.
Facilitation & Coaching
Design teams receive professional facilitation and coaching support through weekly design workshops.
Mentors & Ambassadors
Design teams have access to our network of previous graduates and co-design champions across the public purpose sector.
World class content
Our content is highly engaging, developed with years of experience and over rounds of iteration and suited for government and not-for-profits.
Tools & templates
Participants are given an array of design tools & templates which can be used on any project.
Presentation support
Prototype solutions are pitched on the final week to your leadership team. We can provide world class presentation coaching & visual design support for design teams with their presentation delivery so it sings.
Leadership sponsorship
We setup our co-design program so it gets the right buy-in from leadership upfront, meaning final prototypes are supported and resourced beyond the program.
Implementation support
We bring the startup science required to go from 'prototype' to 'pilot', testing assumptions and iterating your solution through a focused sprint.
Evaluation
We'll capture and report the impact of the program so you and your leadership team can continue to invest into innovative solutions for your problem area.

Program outline

Orientation

Teams gather to discuss project parameters, set expectations, share quantitative research related to their problem area and to orient for the program ahead.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Inquire: Empathy

Teams explore the problem brought into the program from the perspective of the people and various stakeholders who are most impacted by the problem.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Inquire: Purpose

Teams will present their problem area research and use a range of tools to explore why their problem exists and why solving it matters to those most impacted by it.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Ideate: Play!

Using the problem definition captured in the Inquire phase, teams practice various ideation tools to generate a broad range of creative ideas for potential solutions.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Ideate: Quality

Teams apply a range of evaluation techniques to determine to determine the highest quality idea/s to test and develop further.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Implement: Just Do It!

Taking the selected ideas from the Ideate phase, teams apply a range of Implement tools, to rapidly test the feasibility of these ideas as possible solutions.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Implement: Iteration

Teams present feedback on solution prototypes and apply a range of Implement tools to develop solutions and strategise their implementation.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?

Reflect: Presentations

Each team ‘pitches’ their prototyped solutions to program sponsors, invited guests and coaches. Peer Academy and partners will MC the presentations and provide reflections. Overall feedback from the audience will help identify the best pathway for implementing solution beyond the program.
Skills learned
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
Recruitment & Team setup
How might we shift from designing ‘for’ to designing ‘with’ end users?
“The ‘design’ part of ‘co-design’ is more than a loosely defined term. It involves a rigorous process of experimentation using a proven set of tools and methods.”
Onur Ekinci
Peer Academy
“I want to take this opportunity to express just how wonderfully the program has flowed. From my initial reaction of ‘I don't know how this is going to work out?’, through to working with the processes and really getting to understand the ‘Nitty Gritty’ details from all the members of my team and stakeholders, I realised that we are all trying to accomplish the same things and that the various inputs from each individual brings a unique perspective to the co-design process."
Christine Thirkell
Council for Homeless Persons

Organisations who've participated

Case studies

Inner Gippsland
Enabling parents to provide a thriving environment for their children in their first 1000 days
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Outer East Children and Youth Area Partnership.
Improving outcomes for young people transitioning from Out-of-home-care
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Content partner

Christian Duell
Peer Academy has proudly partnered with Christian Duell from Whitelight Education in developing this unqiue and groundbreaking program.

Christian Duell is a design strategist, social entrepreneur and part-time musician. He is the founder of design consultancy White Light and the Be Awesome social initiative and is the immediate past Manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library. Previously Christian practiced as an architect from 2006-2010 gaining qualifications from Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland. Christian is passionate about the opportunities that arise through travel, collaboration, chance encounters and new relationships formed across a range of creative fields. He continues to explore these opportunities through design, art, education, research and music.
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FAQs

What is the total time investment?
Average of 50hrs per participant for either a 5 or 8 session version
How much does it cost?
The program fee is determined once the scope of support is agreed upon. Get in touch to discuss what is the best package for you.
How do I know if this program is right for me or my organisation?
This program is suitable for three specific scenarios:
1. To develop your staffs capabilities in applying the co-design methodology to a range of projects impacting your policy, services, programs and products
2. To develop innovative prototype solutions for complex problems which will require the support and commitment from a diverse range of internal and/or external stakeholders
3. Those who have a mandate to apply co-design on their project and are looking for a high integrity approach
What will I get at the end of this program?
You will have well thoughtout prototypes for real problems participants or your organisation are facing. A prototype is an early sample or model of a product, service or program built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from.
How will I recruit a diverse range of participants?
We provide you with brochures and templates to support your recruitment. In addition, potential participants can visit this page to get a good gauge of what's expected of them. We generally find that most programs we run are over subscribed with interest. Basically, you shouldn't have too much trouble with recruitment!

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