Interrupting disadvantage and creating cycles of opportunity: How co-design and evidence inform innovation

Thursday 26 July, 1300 – 1430

Helping all Australian families to thrive is a complex challenge. All too often our nation takes reactive approaches to responding to crises and incidents, but family wellbeing is a long-term issue that requires much more than a single intervention. We believe that Australia has the capability and resources to help more families thrive across generations; what we need is a different approach and a new way of looking at the solutions.

This session will look at how participatory design, alongside families with lived experience, can help to uncover policy, service and community-led solutions, resulting in disrupting cycles of disadvantaging and fostering for intergenerational thriving. In this interactive session, we will explore examples and approaches for leveraging evidence in co-design work to implement and scale context-informed solutions.

There is great potential for service design methods to accelerate the development of new services by building on existing evidence, managing risks associated with developing new practice and building new evidence. The session will draw on the experience the Australian Centre for Social Innovation has created in the development and implementation of social innovations with implementation partners and families actively engaging in and informing the design, trialling and implementation of new service models.

Participants will hear first-hand stories from families, staff and drivers of reform, and gain an in-depth understanding of participatory approaches for identifying, developing and implementing evidence-informed solutions that fit the scale of the problems at hand.