Design For Government (DfG, MUO-E8012) is a 10-ECTS advanced studio course in Aalto University's Creative Sustainability master's programme. DfG develops design addressing the complex challenges of the government and public sector. In the course, we apply empathic approaches to identify stakeholder needs, systems approaches to analyze the wider context of policies, and behavioural insight to identify and design relevant solutions.
This year, DfG will work with 3 projects commissioned by Finnish governmental ministries:
- Waste prevention by extending (electronic product) lifecycles
Ministry of the Environment
- Energy and maintenance in Finnish housing companies
Ministry of the Environment
- Bottom-up 'mobility as service'
Ministry of Transport and Communications
As this is a 'client project' model course, then there is a contract between the ministries and Aalto University for each project brief. The IP of all concerned (students, university, ministries) is protected with an additional agreement that students sign (REVISED version 20160329).
DfG runs through periods IV and V, which is week 9-22 (Mon 22 Feb - Sat 28 May). Contact teaching sessions are on Tuesdays. Key dates:
Feb 23 Course starts!
Mar 1 ATLAS workshop with client stakeholders
Mar 8 Empathic Design block begins
Mar 22 Systems Thinking block begins
Apr 5 Mid-review with client stakeholders
Apr 11 Behavioral Insight block begins
May 24 Final public presentation
The course is structured according to a series of assignments, each of which are introduced, guided and presented in class. 3 assignments are conducted as blocks: Empathic Design, Systems Thinking and Behavioral Insight. More information is available in Assignments & Blocks (see menu at left in this webpage).This is a studio course with a 'client project' model that is also intended as a learning experience in professional working situations (for example, as if you would be working within or for a ministry). Therefore the study groups and project will be pre-assigned, as it would be in such a situation! Group assignments will be based in large part on making interdisciplinary combinations of interests, skills and backgrounds from all of your applications to the course, and how those match up with the competencies implied by the Ministry briefs. The content, learning experiences and outcomes is the same quality regardless of the project to which you're assigned.
The course mostly takes place at the Media Factory (http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/contact-us) in Arabia Campus (Hämeentie 135 A, Helsinki). Exact dates and locations are specified in the continually updated Schedule (see menu at left in this webpage).
Most of the work on the assignments is for students (you) to organize and do within groups on your own. We recommend organising research material on whiteboards.You can work at Arabia campus - for example on the 8th floor open space. You should make your own sign over saved materials in the space/whiteboard (with contact details and dates). You can also wipe out white boards for your use, unless somebody has separately marked that they are using the board. Especially whiteboards with HKL or metro-related cases are free for your use as a course related to those topics just ended.
If you can't find a free working space, please let us know. We have some back-up options we can think of.
The students who don't have access to the design department after 16 when the doors close, can pick-up their keys from the main entrance's (Hämeentie 135C, Lume center) reception. They have the keys ready for you with your name.
There are 3 lockers with codes on the 8th floor reserved for DfG use for you to leave things at school.
Locker nr. 1 = energy super group
Locker nr. 4 = waste super group
Locker nr. 13 = mobility super group
Put the code #1234 in when you open and close the lockers. You can change the code if you want by entering a new one when closing the locker. Just remember the new code and tell it to your team mates!
Workload for students
DfG is 10 ECTS. This equals 275 total hours of work, or 19.64 hours per week, which is roughly 3 full working days per week. Be prepared to work more if you are less familiar with empathic, systems, and behavioural and design approaches. As this is an advanced studio course we assume that you are acquainted with the basics. Based on our experiences from previous years, we strongly recommend that students do not take another big course at the same time!
Participation (attendance, groupwork, logs) (pass/fail, 1-5) 25%
Blog post (pass/fail, 1-5) 10%
Process / Presentations, Mid-review and final report (1-5) 35%
Concept / Final presentation (1-5) 30%
Expectations naturally adjusted to group size!
Readings and course materials
Readings and course materials will shortly be added to this webpage! Recommended background includes 'Design for Government: Human-centric Governance Through Experiments', a report produced by DfG with Demos Helsinki for the Finnish Prime Minister's office ; a summary of the report and links to download in Finnish and in English can be found here http://dfg-course.aalto.fi/2016/model-for-human-centric-governance/.
Course responsible Ramia Mazé email@example.com
Seungho Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Hella Hernberg email@example.com
Juha Kronqvist firstname.lastname@example.org
Taneli Heinonen email@example.com
Teaching assistant Paula Karlsson firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers bios are here http://dfg-course.aalto.fi/teachers/
Guest teachers in DfG'16 include:
Markus Kanerva is founder and managing director of Tänk (an independent Finnish think tank). His interests include: processes of decision-making; dynamics between individuals and their societies; evidence-based policy-making and social experiments; measurement and increase of subjective well-being.
Anna Salmi is project manager of the collaborative and multi-sectoral project ATLAS http://atlas-research.fi. At Aalto University, she works as a teacher and is pursuing a doctoral degree. In her research, she studies how co-design methods can be used for developing organizational processes and practices.