Why we need a co-design lab
There is a powerful and growing body of evidence globally that supports a case for fundamentally rethinking the way we design, develop and deliver public outcomes, especially for complex or “wicked” problems.
Complex problems often see public and NGO agencies trying to solve part of a larger systemic problem individually. Consequently they can become ‘crowded’ spaces with many agencies and projects at work, with potential for duplication and waste of scarce funds, and the disappointment of low return on investment.
The concept of a Lab is to provide a neutral space to safely experiment with different design methods (‘fail early and fast’ to ensure later success), to fast track the process and to hothouse cross-agency (and cross -Government and NGO) collaboration.