Scottish Government to host International Design in Government Conference
Announcement from Sarah Davidson, Director General for Organisational Development and Operations.
I am delighted to announce that Scottish Government will host the International Design in Government conference in Edinburgh on 25 – 26 June.
The International Design in Government conference brings together an established community of designers working in government across the world. The theme of the conference this year will be ‘Participation – involving citizens in the design of government and public services’.
I believe this is an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of design in public services and to focus our attention on how we encourage, empower and enable all citizens to get involved in designing the services they need.
A commitment to design in government
Scottish Government has made a strong commitment to embracing design as a core professional skill for government through the creation of the Office of the Chief Designer and appointment of a Chief Design Officer.
That office coordinates the Scottish Approach to Service Design community – a collaboration with partners across local government, the public and private sector, the NHS and the third sector in Scotland. The community is driving public sector ability to deliver consistent and joined up public service experiences for citizens, for example though efforts to standardise key design methods and tools and promoting citizen participation in design.
We have also recently introduced a new profession framework to the Scottish Government that recognises seven design roles, including user research, service design and content design, to make sure we have the skills we need to work in new ways.
A commitment to redesigning design in government
Design helps us solve the right problems and solve those problems in the right ways for people. This drives us to put users at the heart of everything we do. However, I am also aware that design itself is not always as accessible and inclusive as it could be and, equally, that the design profession is not as diverse as it could be.
So we are working on the development of inclusive and accessible design methods to ensure all citizens who want to can participate in the design of the services they use fairly and equally. And we are committed to improving the diversity of our design community through, for example, focussing on how we recruit and redesigning our workplace adjustments process to ensure we support and retain people after recruitment.
The International Design in Government Conference provides all of us with an opportunity to share with and learn from each other as we strive in our different ways to encourage, empower and enable citizens to participate in designing the services they need.
How to get involved
My ask of the government design community in Scotland and beyond is to help shape the agenda around our theme, ‘Participation’. What does this mean to you and your work? What kinds of events and sessions would you like to see around the theme? By commenting on this blog post or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you work in a design profession in any government across the world and you’d like to attend the conference, join the Google group and look out for the call for speakers and ticket details.
See the full International Design in Government events schedule for 2019.