“I have been a part of global health projects where design was used, but I am not sure of the value it ultimately added. How is it different from other participatory approaches? What type of problems can it tackle? I want to see how design can contribute in a consistent, sustainable manner that can be measured in some way.”

my struggles with design

“I think it is easier for me to recognize the impact of design on tangible product-based solutions, than on intangible applications or interventions. I have seen people become very enthusiastic about the use of design, but I wonder what parts of it provide actual impact. How do you measure and evaluate it? I have seen many ways where design was applied, with varying degrees of success. What makes me skeptical is that many people think because they have done it once, they know how to do it in any scenario.”

My needs

  • I need to be exposed to more examples of how design can be applied.

  • I need to have access to resources that can help answer questions on how to make design operational?

  • I need to avoid a design process that has no flexibility.

  • I need to gain a more strategic understanding of design in order to maximize its impact.

the questions I have

Some of the questions I need answers to are, “What is a sustainable model for using design in different interventions?”, “How do you use design in a way that makes it most effective to use in global health programs?”, “How can we gather more evidence on the impact of design?”, “What exactly do I need to say in a terms of reference or a request for proposal if I want to use design?”, and “How do I account for what design might cost?”


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