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The Lab is recruiting!
Job Opportunity - Service Design Specialist The Lab is pioneering ways to reform and improve crucial services by blending user-centred and science-based design approaches. You will be taking a lead on some of our most high-profile and exciting projects, and working with great partners. As well as being a motivated and experienced project manager, you will also be well-qualified to Masters or PhD level in a relevant social science. Key responsibilities include: Leading, innovating and refining methods of Rapid Cycle Adaptation and Testing projects; Forging and maintaining positive relationships with clients; Taking a lead role in creatively disseminating outputs and learning from the work. You will be working flexibly and remotely from either your home, co-working spaces or from our base in Devon, with plenty of face-to-face, as well as digitally connected support from the Lab’s expert team. We are looking for an energetic self-starter with outstanding communication sRead more
Strategic Collaboration with The Children’s Society
The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with The Children’s Society to advance our understanding and share learning about child wellbeing, multiple disadvantage and service design and system change efforts. The collaboration builds on a set of user consultation and wellbeing measurement projects involving both organisations over the past five years. The aim of the collaboration is to: Align and consolidate our extensive experience in measuring child wellbeing, making the most of the data we already have and coordinating our work in future; Coordinate efforts and share learning about how to most effectively support young people who are facing multiple disadvantage; Develop skills and share learning about service design and system change efforts as a means to improve child, young people, and family outcomes. Our collaboration will be practically realised by: Rolling up our sleeves and working together on service desigRead more
Systems thinking in health services
Collaboration between PenCLAHRC and the Lab The Dartington Service Design Lab is developing a strategic collaboration with PenCHORD and the wider PenCLAHRC. Based in the south-west of England, PenCHORD is a leading research centre specialising in operational research and healthcare system modelling. It sits within PenCLAHRC, a National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) centre, that undertakes high-quality applied healthcare research focused on the needs of patients and the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS. The aim of the collaboration is to: Develop strong multi-disciplinary links between healthcare research (which PenCHORD and PenCLAHRC focus on) and research in wider the social sector (that the Dartington Lab focus on): Reciprocally boost skills and capacity within the Lab and PenCHORD in relation to engagement and facilitation (something the Dartington Lab is particularly strong at) and technical aspects of system dynamics modelling (somethiRead more
The Lab waltzes to Vienna
The Lab will present papers at the European Society for Prevention Research (EU SPR) Conference on system modelling, rapid cycle innovation and ‘dark logic’. The Lab will be well represented this year at the 8th European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) conference! This annual event is a must for researchers working in prevention science and this year focuses on quality in prevention. Events stretch over three days, from Wednesday 20th until Friday 22nd September, with talks on prevention efforts in health, public health, mental health, education and criminal justice. Vicky Baker will speak about the our innovative system dynamic modelling of social care in Derbyshire, Blackpool and North Tyneside, as well as mental health system modelling in South Devon and Torbay. Keira Lowther will speak about the Lab ‘s experience of service design and rapid cycle adaptation with the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP). Senior Associate and erstwhile colleague, Nick Axford, will aRead more
Lab meets Lab
Strategic collaboration on systems thinking and modelling The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic collaboration with the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. The aim of the collaboration is to: Advance thinking and practice in relation to understanding the behaviour and dynamics of public systems, such as child welfare and mental health systems, in both the UK and US; Reciprocally boost skills and capacity within each Lab in relation to engagement and facilitation (something the Dartington Lab is particularly strong at) and technical aspects of system dynamics modelling (something the Social System Design Lab is particularly strong at); Share our learning, tools and approaches more widely, through the production of open-source materials and simulation models and scientific papers. Our collaboration will be practically realised by: An ongoing Skills Lab: this is an exchRead more
Jenny North appointed as Deputy Director
The Lab is delighted to announce that Jenny North will be joining the team in November as Deputy Director As the charity transforms into the Dartington Service Design Lab, the team has been reformulated and bolstered with an exceptional group of talented individuals in new roles to drive forward our ambitions. We are delighted to announce that Jenny North will join the team in a Deputy Director role. Jenny will work closely alongside Tim Hobbs, the Director, to take forward our ambitious plans to innovate and share our learning in the areas of system reform, service design and information design. Jenny’s current work as Director of Policy and Strategy at Impetus-PEF, and prior policy roles at Relate, the Maternity Alliance and New Policy Institute, ensures she brings a wealth of experience in relation to public policy and service delivery, as well as deep respect for science and evidence. Jenny says: “I am really excited to be joining the Dartington Service DesiRead more
The Lab is Go!
In September 2017 the Dartington Service Design Lab was launched. This new incarnation of the charity builds on the 50-plus year heritage of the Dartington Social Research Unit. We are proud of the work that the Dartington Social Research Unit has done to promote greater use of science and evidence in relation to public policy, in particular encouraging greater investments in prevention and early intervention and the use of rigorous evaluation and good quality data to inform service provision. Whilst there is still a long way to go before this is commonplace, we are pleased to see many others picking up this cause. As such, it has been time for us to take stock on our core mission, purpose and approach, and refocus our work on what we think is the next generation of approaches to applying research to policy and practice. Our refreshed purpose is to reimagine and services and public systems are designed and delivered in order to improve the lives of children, families and commRead more
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