Published Jan 17 2020
Our community engagement coordinator Jess Dorney held a co-design class with a group of Merri staff. The aim was to introduce what co-design is and how it can be implemented across a variety of projects. We spoke to speech pathologist Adriana and physiotherapist Nicole who attended the class.
What understanding of co-design did you have prior to the class?
I had a brief understanding on the benefits of including clients in the design of a program. I have previously been involved in running a focus group with clients prior to the development of a group.
Before this session my understanding of co-design was working together with other staff and consumers to discuss ideas by a discussion, survey etc. and design a program/product considering individuals input and feedback.
What is the biggest take away you got from the session?
That co-design works along a continuum which can be implemented along the entire stage of developing a program rather than only at the beginning.
The biggest take away from this session is co-design is involving consumers throughout the whole process. Co-design also involves more than just discussing ideas with likely participants and other staff but also considering wider range of people to contribute that may be affected by the program/product or have knowledge and past experience such as client’s carers, program organisers who have a similar program in place etc.
Can you see yourself applying what you’ve learned in future?
I can definitely see myself engaging with consumers in future when planning projects. I have already used the knowledge gained to implement ideas in a current program that is still in the planning stage.
Yes, this session emphasised the importance of engaging consumers in the planning of projects as they know what they need or want and we are more likely to develop a successful program/product that satisfies consumer’s needs if they are engaged throughout the design process and encouraged to provide feedback.