The use of design within government institutions is a rapidly accelerating trend of global dimensions. The emergent nature of these design practices, and cultures, raises questions about what exactly is happening in the interactions between design and political institutions, and how that might be understood in broader socio-economic and political terms. This paper reports on a series of interviews with senior level civil servants working in UK central government, all of whom have had some exposure to design methods and techniques through interaction with the UK Policy Lab. The paper sets out the ways in which the epistemology and practices of design, as introduced through Policy Lab, both expose and challenge those of the political institutions and policy professionals they seek to change.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Design Research Society|
|Number of pages||1627|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Jun 2016|
|Event||Design + Research + Society - Future–Focused Thinking: 50th Anniversary Conference of the Design Research Society - Brighton, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27 Jun 2016 → 30 Aug 2018
|Name||Proceedings of DRS|
|Conference||Design + Research + Society - Future–Focused Thinking|
|Abbreviated title||DRS 2016|
|Period||27/06/16 → 30/08/18|
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- design thinking
Bailey, J., & Lloyd, P. (2016). The introduction of design to policymaking: Policy Lab and the UK government. In Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 3619-1635). (Proceedings of DRS). Design Research Society. https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2016.314