Introduction to Participatory Design for Development

Six-Week Online Course (pilot): Sep 11 - Oct 20, 2017

Hands-on, real-world projects, practical tools & techniques

VIDEO: Welcome & Overview from MIT D-Lab's Saida Benhayoune

Week 1: Introduction to Participatory Design

Week 2: Team & Mindset Formation

Week 3: Information Gathering & Problem Framing

Week 4: Ideation & Concept Selection

Week 5: Prototyping & User Feedback

Week 6: Measuring Impact & Reflection

Whatʼs Participatory Design?
Participatory Design, as defined by MIT D-Lab, is the multi-disciplinary process of co-designing effective poverty-alleviating solutions and approaches with end-users. Participatory design is increasingly seen and used as an important approach to designing products, processes, programs, and business models that aim to sustainably improve the lives of people living in poverty. In particular, a variety of significant participatory design approaches are receiving strong attention from the international development and inclusive business communities, creating demand for training and hands-on experience in these approaches.

Whatʼs in this Online Course?
This six-week course will introduce, define, and compare the different types of participatory design: human-centered design, co-design, and user-generated design. The course will present a step-by-step process to engage Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) stakeholders in co-design. Participants will learn and practice tools and techniques for establishing the proper mindset, exploring and framing problems, generating and evaluating ideas, as well as prototyping through sketch-modeling. Each week,participants will engage in hands-on activities to apply these tools and techniques to a real project of their choice. Note: This is a pilot run of this course.

Who is this for?
The first cohort of participants will primarily be drawn from the MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) member organizations and their affiliates (fellows, grantees, investees, implementing partners). Each PIA organization can ennrol up to 5 participants. All participants in the PIA Co-Design Summit 2017 will be required to complete this course as a pre-requisite for joining the summit in Colombia.