“Practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice are two hands talking to one another”.

Dr. Penny Hagen

In this interactive one-day workshop, Dr. Penny Hagen from the Auckland Co-design Lab shares participatory, gentle and respectful approaches to bring less privileged perspectives to the surface in complex conversations. They are adept at facilitating a culture of constant design, implementation and evaluation. 

Co-design talks about privilege and power. The approach flips where the expertise lies; as social innovation agents we need to be ‘in service’ of the change that our families want. We need to do this without further colonising, to do this as a guest, and with constant critical self-reflection. Penny urges us to ask: how can we be helpful, how do we make sure knowledge transfer both ways?

Co-design is not neutral: it is strongly focused on changing the status quo. It is based in evidence that supports that this approach has better impact on outcomes. It has a strengths based approach, it takes the best of the dominant paradigm and demands balance by seeking a greater input from the non-dominant paradigms.

In this one day workshop Penny will share practice and learning by:

* Unpacking real world examples of government and community teams working alongside families and communities in complex and sensitive settings

* Identifying key principles, practices and preparation needed to support these approaches and how this might apply in your context

* Working through a design capability framework to help map readiness and focus areas for your team across both capabilities and conditions

The workshop will be a space for robust discussion and engagement with change practice, while also offering practical start points and tools that you can take away and apply with your teams.

Dr Penny Hagen: Co-design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab

Penny assists organisations and teams to apply participatory and developmental approaches to the design and implementation of strategy, programs, policies and services with a social outcomes focus. Penny’s work sits at the intersection of design, wellbeing, and systems change.  She has worked across Australia and New Zealand supporting public, community and social sector teams working on complex and social health and social issues and responses with their communities. She is currently Co-design Lead at the Auckland Co-design Lab, helping to build co-design and social innovation capacity across the public service. Penny co-leads on the Labs work streams relating to: co-design ethics, policy by design, experimentation in complexity and place-based design and evaluative practice.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.

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