About DfG

Are you interested in renewing policy and governance through design?

Finland’s Helsinki Design Lab and Design Driven City, the UK cabinet’s Policy Lab, Denmark’s MindLab are just the beginning. Design in the public sector has thrived and expanded across Europe in recent decades. “Design to drive renewal in the public sector”, “modernization of public administration” and “more user-friendly service provision” is proclaimed in the European Commission’s Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation (2013), in which Finland has been seen as a forerunner. “Design in the public sector” is a strategic objective in the 2020 strategy produced by Design Finland (2013), and design expansion in the public sector is reflected in Nordic and Finnish employment (Ornamo 2013). The role of design in the public sector and governmental organizations is rapidly expanding, together with the transformation of policy, civil service work and more participatory and citizen-centric governance.

Design for Government gets hands-on with policy design projects. In the course, talented and multidisciplinary student teams address complex challenges in government by applying empathic design, systems thinking and behavioural insight approaches. Our cutting-edge approach is described from teacher, student and civil servant perspectives in this 10-minute mini-documentary.

Each year, projects are commissioned from within the Finnish public sector – DfG projects in 2017 from the Ministry of FinanceMinistry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentPrime Minister’s Office, and Ministry of Transport and Communications, and from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of the Environment with with Sitra and Motiva, in 2016, from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, in 2015, from the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and, in 2014, the Ministry of the Environment.

Course info and workload for students

Design For Government (DfG, MUO-E8012) is a 10-ECTS advanced studio course in Aalto Creative Sustainability master’s programme. DfG runs for 14 weeks from Feb through May (periods IV-V), contact sessions are on Tuesdays. More detailed course information and schedule for students can be found in MyCourses here.

For students, 10 ECTS = 275 hours of workload = 19.64 hours per week = roughly 3 full working days. Be prepared to work more if you are unfamiliar with systems approach, empathic design and behavioural insight. As this is an advanced studio course we assume that you are acquainted with the basics.

More information and updates

Mini-documentary http://dfg-course.aalto.fi/2017/new-mini-documentary
Course website http://dfg-course.aalto.fi
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