Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design

Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design
The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and evaluate new approaches to consultation.

Engagement with communities in public service decision making is becoming an increasingly important part of local and regional life with moves to help communities be more active and connected to their wider environment. This £1.2 million 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project will co-design new tools and approches to facilitate new creative engagement activities. 

Partnering with The Institute of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art, our consultation tools will be used by communities directly, they will also be exchanged with other communities who will be encouraged to appropriate and adapt these tools to fit their own needs. Leapfrog will develop these new approaches through a process of co-design and collaboration with communities and public sector partners where all parties play an active role in the creative process and create their own amazing consultation processes.

Project Team

CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
WhithamWhitham Roger Whitham Human-Computer Interaction, Collaboration, Tools, Visualisation, Virtual Work Environments, Facilitation
CoupeCoupe Gemma Coupe Design Manager, Leapfrog
StubbsStubbs Debbie Stubbs Leapfrog Design Project Manager (maternity cover)
WareingWareing Laura Wareing Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design
AlterAlter Hayley Alter Design PhD for Leapfrog
F. GalaboF. Galabo Rosendy F. Galabo Co-design, creative engagement tools, tools improvement

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Project Funders

Updates

Guest Blog: Making Spaces for Democracy

Articleby Anna Winters
Guest Blog: Making Spaces for Democracy

There are many criteria on which you can challenge an organisation to be creative.  They include leadership; external and internal networking; systems and processes; inclusivity and flat structures; a commitment to translate creative thought into practice (innovation) and ‘creative spaces’. ...Read full article

The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter, Gemma Coupe
The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Tings were tribal gatherings in ancient Scandinavia and Scotland where tribes came together and facilitated by the chief discussed the key issues of the day. This notion of coming together and engaging as a group is being resurrected by a team exploring new forms of democratic renewal in the Scottish Government. ...Read full article

IDEAS for Impact Tools are part of Democratic Renewal in Scotland

IDEAS for Impact Tools are part of Democratic Renewal in Scotland

The IDEAS for Impact project developed and delivered a workshop on democratic renewal for the Scottish Government this month.

The team developed and delivered a three hour session called 'Making Space for Democracy' on the 11th of June in Edinburgh, which was part of the Scottish Goverment's...Read full update

Helping the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters
Helping the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

This high level workshop held at Dutch Design Week brought together internationally recognized experts in public sector service design, policy and design thinking. In collaboration and co-delivered with Anna Winters, lead for the Creativity Team in the Scottish Government, the aim of this workshop was to to explore the key conditions for creativity to flourish in the public sector in general and in particular the Scottish Government.  To do...Read full article

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

Working With Young People: Universal Challenges?

There seems to be an emerging case that some challenges of engaging with young people are universal, across all types of engagement, from one-to-one working up to national policy. As unlikely as this seems our tentative analysis of our first activity exploring public sector engagement with young...Read full update

Understanding High-Impact Research Through Mode 1 and Mode 2 Research Approaches.

OutcomeJournal Paper
Understanding High-Impact Research Through Mode 1 and Mode 2 Research Approaches.

For many academics in the UK the current Research Excellence Framework (REF) has pulled the notion of impact and impactful research into focus. This paper explores the notion of high impact research and how this relates to traditional notions of research activity and quality. ...More information

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