Working to change experiences, behaviors, conditions, and minds
The D+I Studio collaborates with University partners to build custom solutions to diversity and inclusion challenges. Using human-centered design, we create solutions based on the individual needs of the partner.
- Human-centered design (H-CD) is a collaborative, problem-solving process that merges qualitative and quantitative research with design approaches and values.
- By understanding people's experiences and examining local context, we identify key challenges, assets, and opportunities.
H-CD differs from other problem-solving processes. Once data are gathered, multiple ideas are generated. These ideas are then systematically evaluated to ensure they meet specific design criteria. We select options that are relevant and likely to be effective. These ideas are then further defined through building and testing prototypes with the people who will be most impacted by them. This iterative process helps to improve the original ideas, while focusing on interventions most worthy of investment. While the results will vary based on the nature of the collaboration, the final product often takes the form of frameworks, strategies, programs, services, products, tools, workshops, or trainings.