Session type:

Case Study

Presented by:

Florence Henry

London Borough of Camden

Delina Evans

London Borough of Camden

Session time:

07 Mar 15:30 16:15

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

Camden Council’s in-house Strategy and Design team led on a policy design project looking at the impact of the cost of living crisis on women through Camden Women’s Forum (CWF), a local partnership body which brings together partners to look at issues affecting women. CWF has always engaged directly with women and girls, but this is the first time the team followed a design framework in their inquiry, and policy design is still relatively new in local government more broadly.

Over a period of 6 months from scoping to report launch, we carried out local and national data analysis, engaged with 100 local women and 17 partnership organisations about their experiences of the crisis and their ideas for change. The case study session will focus on the learnings from a short and focused piece of design research work in response to the cost of living crisis - a national emergency which disproportionately affects women and results in women feeling continuously stressed, frustrated and unheard as individuals.

In this case study, Florence and Delina share learnings on adapting the design process within an existing participatory forum; and bringing design into a fast-moving political space. They’ll highlight the impact on political decision-making and the changes created for local women. This International Women’s Day and one year on from the launch of their report, this reflective session will outline the impact of their policy design work for women in Camden and their reflections on the design methods they would use if starting the work today.

Participant takeaways:

  • The impact of the cost of living crisis on women
  • Adapting the design process to meet short timescales and reach political decisions
  • How design helped to influence local decision-making and create change

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