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Participatory Design Methods


  • Oct 10, 2019 at OPM Innovation Lab, 1900 E Street NW, SBH22, Tuition: $600  (#24749)   REGISTER
    Start Time 9:00 AM | End Time: 4:00 PM


Having a rich understanding of what users think, feel and believe is vital to good design work. In addition to listening to what users say and observing what they do, we can also gain valuable insight by bringing them into the design process itself and paying attention to what they make and how they make it. Participatory design is designing with users, and not just for them. In this course, we explore the theory and methods of participatory design, as well as strategies for how and when to deploy them.

How You Will Benefit

Participants will be introduced to the concept of participatory design and how it can be useful in the development of products and services. Through group activities, we’ll explore a range of methods that invite user feedback and learn strategies for deploying these in our own project work. By the end of the day, participants will have the skills and language they need to successfully lead participatory design activities at their organizations.

Who Should Attend

We welcome any and all Federal employees to join us for this course. Having a basic understanding of human-centered design is helpful, but it is not a prerequisite.

Additional Information

  • We’ll review a range of methods to implement, from simple to more involved, including ways to use prompts, props and other tools.
  • We’ll discuss the context and value of using a participatory approach.
  • We’ll discuss how you can use participatory design techniques in combination with other design approaches.


Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.