Abstract

Design research as a way of understanding and responding to the world around us has grown significantly over the last decade, particularly in the domain of health. Design can offer a deep interrogation of the complexity experienced by stakeholders in a given health context, engaging in an empathic and creative way to capture lived experience as data that can inform, influence and engender meaningful change. Ordinarily, this data is valued in its contribution towards the intended study aims and is traditionally realised in project reports, academic publications, and lay-person summaries. However, this paper argues that value should be reconsidered to take account of invisible impacts, the unintended outcomes that emerge as a result of engaging and conducting a study. This paper suggests that the underpinning values of participatory design, those of empowerment and valuing lived experience create an opportunity to realise participant contributions and research data in an alternative way.

Keywords:

Value, participation, engagement, design research

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Aug 11th, 12:00 AM

Invisible Impact: Revaluing data in design research

Design research as a way of understanding and responding to the world around us has grown significantly over the last decade, particularly in the domain of health. Design can offer a deep interrogation of the complexity experienced by stakeholders in a given health context, engaging in an empathic and creative way to capture lived experience as data that can inform, influence and engender meaningful change. Ordinarily, this data is valued in its contribution towards the intended study aims and is traditionally realised in project reports, academic publications, and lay-person summaries. However, this paper argues that value should be reconsidered to take account of invisible impacts, the unintended outcomes that emerge as a result of engaging and conducting a study. This paper suggests that the underpinning values of participatory design, those of empowerment and valuing lived experience create an opportunity to realise participant contributions and research data in an alternative way.

 

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