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Creative processes in co-designing a co-design hub: towards system change in health and social services in collaboration with structurally vulnerable populations.

Micsinszki, Samantha, Buettgen, Alexis, Mulvale, Gillian, Moll, Sandra, Wyndham-West, Michelle, Bruce, Emma, Rogerson, Karlie, Murray-Leung, Louise, Fleisig, Robert, Park, Sean and Phoenix, Michelle (2021) Creative processes in co-designing a co-design hub: towards system change in health and social services in collaboration with structurally vulnerable populations. Evidence & Policy, XX (XX). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

Background: Co-design is an approach to engaging stakeholders in health and social system
change that is rapidly gaining traction, yet there are also questions about the extent to which there
is meaningful engagement of structurally vulnerable communities and whether co-design leads
to lasting system change. The McMaster University Co-Design Hub with Vulnerable Populations
Hub (‘the Hub’) is a three-year interdisciplinary project with the goal of facilitating partnerships,
advancing methods of co-design with vulnerable populations, and mobilising knowledge.
Aims and objectives: A developmental evaluation approach inspired by experience-based co-design
was used to co-produce a theory of change to understand how the co-design process could be used
to creatively co-design a co-design hub with structurally vulnerable populations.
Methods: Twelve community stakeholders with experience participating in a co-design project
were invited to participate in two online visioning events to co-develop the goals, priorities, and
objectives of the Hub. Qualitative data were analysed using a thematic content analysis approach.
Findings: A theory of change framework was co-developed that outlines a future vision for the Hub
and strategies to achieve this, and a visual graphic is presented.
Discussion and conclusions: Through critical reflection on the work of the Hub, we focus on the
co-creative methods that were applied when co-designing the Hub’s theory of change. Moreover,
we illustrate how co-creative processes can be applied to embrace the complexity and vulnerability
of all stakeholders and plan for system change with structurally vulnerable populations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Design for Health
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 18:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 18:14
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3576

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