Co-Design for society in innovation

SISCODE was an EU funded project aimed at stimulating the use of co-creation methodologies in policy design, using bottom-design-driven methodologies to pollinate Responsible Research and Innovation, and Science Technology and Innovation Policies.

In order to achieve this goal, the project consortium ran European wide research to understand the dynamics within these co-creation environments as well as the outcomes we can obtain from such approaches. These results were then compared to devise a set of co-creation methodologies suited for scalability and replication. The project used experimentation as a key element to succeed in its objectives. 10 co-creation labs spread around Europe worked with design-driven approaches to co-create, generating real life knowledge. They each selected a challenge to tackle with local stakeholders in order to find solutions together. This gave policymakers the opportunity to test new and more open ways in conceiving policies that reconnects policy design with grassroots initiatives and citizens. 

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SISCODE  “Co-creating human-centred policies – for a better Europe”

Policymaking in the twenty-first century is undergoing major changes.
The pandemic has amplified already pressing economic, social, and environmental problems, challenging institutions and policymakers to find new and better ways of developing public initiatives and to create more efficient services.
As the world is increasingly characterized by societal issues that are complex and open for interpretation, policymakers need to adopt skills and approaches suitable for handling such challenges.
In this situation, co-creation and design approaches emerge as a possible answer bearing the potential for policymakers to gain an enhanced understanding of their end-user – the objective of their policies.
Creating new solutions with people, not for them, can help drive radical innovation in the public sector. By focusing on citizens’ own experiences and resources, co-creation can help identify truly valuable services and meaning.

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How to participate

This project studied and developed co-design approaches, that can be used and applied by anyone designing and initiating a citizen science initiative.

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