reports and resources

Working with partners, stakeholders and the community the Co-Design Lab has use co-design principles and practice to collaboratively explore new insights and responses to a series of complex social issues. Below is a selection of reports and resources to read and use.

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Early years challenge

Led by The Southern Initiative, this work focused on better understanding the lived experience of parents in South Auckland. Adopting a strengths based approach the project also explores the impact of toxic stress on child development.

- Early Years Challenge summary report
- Parent's experiences of early years in South Auckland - insights report
- 'Creating home' co-design sprint story book

Posters and resources
- Early years challenge posters
- Insights from South Auckland parents - posters
- Co-design process and whānau centric practice


Attitude Gap Challenge

A multi-agency skills and employment challenge led by the Lab exploring the importance of work ready youth and youth ready employers throughout the employment journey. MBIE and MSD were the lead sponsors.

- Attitude Gap Challenge - full report
- Attitude gap Challenge - executive summary
Research Evidence and Case Studies

Posters and resources
Attitude gap posters
Employer and youth personas

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Drivers Licensing Challenge

Over four months a multi-agency team worked with over 360 people across NZ to co-design potential solutions to increasing the number of young people getting a drivers license.

- Drivers licensing challenge - full report
Drivers licensing challenge - exec summary
NZIER economic report

Posters and resources
- 8 key concepts to develop - poster
- Four stories / personas navigating the system

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rental tenure project

Focused on South Auckland, the purpose of this project was to identify insights and ideas in response to tenancy issues by  exploring  the experiences of renters, landlords and tenancy managers.

Exploring tenure security through co-design report


The project adopted a place based lens on early childhood education in Māngere, South Auckland. It explored participation, parental engagement and school readiness from the perspective of ECE staff and parents who helped identify opportunity areas and key concepts for testing.
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This journey map was been developed to make the factors that influence family violence more visible alongside the lived experience from a whole family’s perspective. It was developed with the support of ACC and Auckland Council. 

Changing the script empathy tool - full report

Posters and resources
How to use these tools - tips
Changing the script - journey map posters
Changing the script - 3 children's stories
Workshop discussion prompts