Using Participatory Design (PD) as youth engagement strategy to inform design and development of evidence-based wellbeing e-tools

Zelenko, Oksana, Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David, Stoyanov, Stoyan, Quek, Lake-Hui, Tulloch, Kristen, & Price, Megan (2014) Using Participatory Design (PD) as youth engagement strategy to inform design and development of evidence-based wellbeing e-tools. In Young and Well CRC Connect 2014, 20-21 February 2014, Melbourne, Vic. (Unpublished)

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The paper presents a participatory design research framework as a primary method for structuring youth engagement, participation and contribution to the design, development and usability evaluation of three evidencebased e-tools for wellbeing, which include smart phone mobile apps as well as e-health websites. The three projects are part of a series of six e-tools part of Safe and Supportive program under Young and Well CRC. The participatory design method, developed by Zelenko (2012) for application in design of online health promoting technologies, was further piloted in partnership with Inspire USA for specific application within the CRC, deploying a combination of creative design workshops and speculative design activities in developing e-tool prototypes with young people. This paper presents the resulting participatory research framework as it was implemented across the e-tool projects to facilitate active youth participation in co-designing the e-tools and ensuring the final designs are relevant to young people and deliver health messages in engaging ways. The principles of Participatory Design (PD) that inform the new framework include a high degree of participant agency in creative decisionmaking and a commitment to the process of co-designing, with young people working alongside designers and developers. The paper will showcase how the PD framework was applied across three projects to increase young people’s contribution to final design outcome.

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ID Code: 71759
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: participatory design, mobile application, young people, mental health, Young and Well CRC
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Deposited On: 09 Jun 2015 03:23
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 03:23

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