Collaborative and Industrial Design

Design for Government

Design for Government (DfG) is a practice-based course within the Aalto University’s multi-school Creative Sustainability master’s program available for Collaborative and Industrial Design MA students on the service design track

You can learn more about Design for Government course on its own website at:
Illustration of a citizen participating in the policy-making process

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course successfully, student are able to:

  • apply human-centred design, systems thinking and behavioural design as a problem-solving approach for policy-level project briefs
  • analyse collected information and extrapolate critical conclusions that inform concrete actions and systemic change
  • identify and evaluate types of design intervention that stakeholders could implement to leverage change
  • frame and communicate processes and proposals verbally, visually, and in writing to multiple disciplines, sectors and the public
  • facilitate participatory environments with stakeholders with different agendas and in multidisciplinary teams


Period IV:

  • Role of design in government and policy-making
  • Fieldwork with qualitative research methods with users and stakeholders 
  • Research analysis with systems thinking
  • System map visualisation 

Period V:

  •  Leverage points and design interventions in the context of policy design
  • Behavioural-based design interventions  
  • Communication of project proposals with storytelling and scenarios

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