This conversation guide provides design pioneers and design advocates in the Global Health community with credible, relatable, and concrete talking points that address the questions and concerns of others in the community who might be reluctant, curious or enthusiastic about using design in their work. While this guide has been developed from the point of view of a design pioneer, it can be used by anyone advocating on behalf of design in the global health community.
Point to the fact that design relies on qualitative data that helps it quickly identify trends and patterns. It starts with a nuanced understanding of what motivates a set of people and why. And then, through several rounds of iteration and testing, it provides data that informs designers what will work for a larger group orpopulation. Working with relatively smaller groups of people allows design to go in-depth with that group, be flexible, test ideas quickly, and make pivots if necessary.
We co-created the resources available on this website in conversation with representatives from the global health community. Five types of users (or profiles) emerged that represent the different stages of a global health practitioner in his/her path towards adoption and implementation of design in his/her work. Which of the profiles do you fit into?