As a part of the digital civics study abroad program my team and I consulted on research methodologies through UX perspectives with a PhD student, Sean, at Newcastle University. This project revolved around the research of local youth participation in the urban planning process. The researcher wanted to find a way that technology can impact the way the youth participates in shaping their community. We spent 2 weeks learning about prior research that has been completed through co-design workshops with Sean as well as designing co-design workshops to help Sean scope down his project with the help of the Sunderland Youth Council.
During this project, my main contributions were designing the co-design workshops as well as analyzing the data we collected from them.
As a person who has always been interested in intercultural interactions and working on projects that made an impact, I was especially excited to be a part of this digital civics project. Up until now, I have always worked on projects from the start to finish so I was always in the loop about how the project is progressing and have all the information I need to move forward. This project was the first time I had to jump into a project midway and contribute in a meaningful-way with a very limited time frame.
My favorite part of this project is how we were able to use co-design to accomplish sense-making in different ways. For us, it was making sense of the current state of the project. For our sponsor, Sean, it making sense of and putting a new perspective onto the research that he has already done. For the local youth, it allowed them to reflect and making sense of who they are and their role in their community. I think that being able to