Roadmap

Through a series of workshops and interviews with experts, over the past six months, we developed a roadmap of near-, medium-, and long-term activities and commitments across seven opportunities. Together, these activities and commitments will help accomplish our collective vision of advancing understanding, appropriate use, and value of design as an approach to help global health practitioners achieve even greater impact.

The roadmap is divided into three phases:

 
 
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Foundation (2018)

  • Establish an understanding and overall framework for the different roles of design in global health.
  • Lay the foundation for this by providing resources that can help communicate the value of design and provide practitioners guidance on their path toward using design in their work.
  • This website and the resources that it houses reflect progress in many of our near-term commitments and activities.
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Expand (2019-2021)

  • Demonstrate and amplify the effectiveness and relevance of design in global health by encouraging partnerships and creating new investment opportunities.
  • Refine and expand resources to: support practitioners along their path toward using design within their work; disseminate learnings; support local markets in developing the next generation of designers; and establish how to measure the effective use of design.
  • Cultivate and grow a community of practice with global health practitioners committed to mainstreaming the effective use of design as an approach for achieving global health goals.
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Institutionalize (2022+)

  • Establish the design mindset, skillset, and process as a norm within global health, one that is mainstreamed and self-sustaining.
 
 

Below is the roadmap articulating the commitments and activities across three phases. For commitments and activities in phase one, we’ve linked to resources housed in this website.


If you have ideas of other commitments and activities, or wish to be involved in this growing community, please reach out and let us know.

 
 
 
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Institutionalize

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Vision

Design's relevance and value is understood holistically and adopted into the vernacular (or everyday conversations and decisions) of the global health community.

The design community forms a united front on the values of design and communicates this clearly and cohesively (without necessarily homogenizing design practice and integrity).

 
 
 
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Institutionalize

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Vision

Design is integrated into the working practices and culture of the global health community.

The design community is informed, flexible, and willing to adapt its approach to practically fit with existing approaches/structures in global health. The global health community also understands how design can add value and invites designers to work hand in hand toward better health outcomes.

 
 
 
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Institutionalize

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Vision

Design is practiced and implemented with the highest levels of integrity and quality by the global health community, and clarity is offered about what results to expect within the context that design is applied.

The global health and design community has a clear understanding of design as a skill set, mindset, and process.

 
 
 
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Institutionalize

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Vision

There is a vibrant and active community of practice that shares learnings openly, collaborates to advance those learnings, and inspires others to engage.

 
 
 
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Institutionalize

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Vision

Design capability is incorporated within global health courses at universities and training institutes, as well as embedded in national health workforces.

Design training is adapted and contextualized for different country contexts and audiences.

 
 
 
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Foundation

Value of Design

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Vision

Design is seen as a credible and impactful approach with a strong track record of success.

 
 
 
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Foundation

Project Library

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Vision

Enabling governance structures are in place that support changes to contracting and funding rules to maximize the impact of design.