Design is a creative and disciplined process that uses diverse skills to analyze problems in context and to pursue innovation while placing the real experiences of people at the forefront.
Design can be applied to the development of products, services, messages, digital experiences, processes, and environments. Design can link each of these elements into a cohesive and meaningful experience, particularly in the context of fragmented health systems. While designers have contributed to health interventions in all of these areas, design as a process, is broader than a single application.
Design alone is also not enough. Complex health challenges often require a multidisciplinary set of approaches and expertise. In this context, design can often be an effective complementary approach. Design can help bring diverse disciplines together in a collaborative manner to unlock new opportunities for positive change in health systems. Design approaches are also well suited to help people take complexity and uncertainty into account and make more sound choices in the face of an unpredictable future. Through a creative, effective and rigorous process, design brings people's needs to the forefront and shapes interventions meant to bring positive changes in their lives.
Given the diverse uses of design in global health, it is natural that you may have questions about how to best apply the design mindset, process, and set of skills to particular investments.
This guide can help set you up for success and provide ongoing guidance as you think through key considerations and make decisions about your design investment. For example, the guide is designed to help you answer:
It is also important to note that this guide is not designed to provide you with a one size fits all answer. Instead, the guide will accompany and equip you with some tips and tools for scoping your design investment and determining who might be the best partner to help you accomplish your goals.