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Civic Design Studio


  • Feb 8-17, 2022 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $3500  (#25696)   REGISTER
    Session Dates: February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2022. Synchronous sessions will begin at 12pm ET and end no later than 5pm ET (this includes breaks and some team-work time)
  • Sep 28-Oct 14, 2022 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $3500  (#25929)   REGISTER
    Session Dates: September 28, 29, 30, Oct 12, 13, 14, 2022. Synchronous sessions will begin at 12pm Eastern Time and end no later than 5pm Eastern Time (this includes breaks and some team-work time)


In government, the challenges we navigate are complex and time horizons are long. At the same time, our small decisions have a profound impact on people's lives. So, how can we make those decisions in a way that enables equitable, human-centered, and lasting change?

This two-week course supports individuals or teams in shaping more equitable processes and solutions. In this course, you will practice mindsets of diversity and inclusion, participation and engagement, shared decision-making and accessibility. You will apply design-thinking, problem-solving, and innovation strategies to a public-sector challenge you bring in from your work.

Through live lecture, discussion, collaborative work, coaching, and peer-to-peer networking, we will cover topics including:

  • Mindsets for more equitable processes and solutions
  • Framing and re-framing for impact
  • Participatory methods for Research, Synthesis and Ideation
  • Prototyping and testing with your stakeholders
  • Getting buy-in from influential stakeholders

How You Will Benefit

You will leave this course with a toolkit of civic design mindsets and methods to apply to your work. Building off the Human-Centered Design Fundamentals, Civic Design Studio helps you build a design practice that can be applied to complex challenges and prioritizes equitable outcomes.

Many alumni move on to further design training or coaching focused on a particular area of interest or initiate a human-centered design project at their agency.

Who Should Attend

A basic familiarity with human-centered design or design-thinking is helpful, but not a prerequisite for taking this course.

Human-Centered Design Fundamentals can be a useful primer.

Additional Information

After registration, The Lab at OPM will follow-up with participants to provide detailed instructions and pre-work.

Online courses use Zoom for audio and screensharing and Mural as a collaborative, online workspace. You do not need to create accounts or download any programs in order to access these technologies. More information and instructions will be shared prior to the course.

Participant Testimonial
"We really dug into our problem! It feels like a luxury to get to think at length about it."
"This feels like a master’s level course in the best possible way. Challenging and insightful."

Course formerly known as: Design School