Design and Systems Thinking

Involving users in program design dramatically increases the probability of addressing their needs. As practitioners of human centered design (HCD), systems thinking, and design thinking (DT), we integrate the principles and practices of collaboration, empathy, and experimentation into our work, helping local partners and global organizations apply these skills to the world’s most wicked problems.

FHI 360 Global Leadership Meeting Design Sprints

FHI 360 Global Leadership Meeting Design Sprints

Participants in the FHI 360 Global Leadership Meeting had the opportunity to participate in three design sprints. The objectives of the design sprints included enhancing participants’ knowledge of the human centered design (HCD) process, creating an opportunity to apply components of the HCD process in hands-on activities, providing a forum to expand and brainstorm around themes introduced in plenary sessions, and teaching participants how to leverage Miro — a collaborative online whiteboard.

Evidence-Base for Design Thinking

Evidence-Base for Design Thinking (EBDT)

As a result of the international development sector becoming increasingly interested in applying design thinking (DT) to intractable development problems, CollaborateUp worked with USAID’s iDesign team in the Global Development Lab to conduct an extensive analysis of the evidence base for design thinking in international development programming. CollaborateUp analyzed if and how DT approaches for development make programs more adaptive and collaborative, and support relevant and catalytic program outcomes. We also designed a set of learning products to help Agency practitioners apply design thinking in their projects.