Value and valuation is one of the Social Design Institute's 3 focus areas.
The Social Design Institute is creating new insights into how value is perceived and assessed by designers and users.
Value judgements are a fundamental part of our daily lives and have major implications for how design proposals and interventions are assessed. We are exploring this through collaborative research drawing on traditions in the humanities and social sciences.
We aim to give designers, policy makers and organisations new ways to think about value and new tools to understand and communicate value within their professional practice.
Evaluating MAKE @ Story Garden
Senior Research Fellow Patrycja Kaszynska is delivering the evaluation of UAL's MAKE @ Story Garden. This is a public space for creative collaboration which has been running arts activities and projects to address local issues with communities in Somers Town, central London.
We aim to find out what value is co-produced through this design intervention.
Supporting community businesses
Funded by the charitable trust Power to Change, SDI associates Dr Bethany Rex and Dr Katrina Foxton have researched what being 'locally rooted' means to community businesses and how being locally rooted works in practice.
Drawing on workshops and interviews conducted with community business staff working in Grimsby, Bristol and Leicester, the research examines the multiple meanings and practices attached to being ‘locally rooted’ by community businesses delivering services from transferred assets (community asset transfers known as CATs).
The aim is to support community businesses to develop sustainable approaches that work ethically and practically.
Read the full research report: The ‘Locally Rooted’ Community Business: Meanings, practices, challenges and the role of community assets