One of the main objectives of the IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem project is to create a final product that is designed collaboratively with input from the key stakeholders who will make use of it - communities and local governments. Designing together is effectively co-design.
The research we undertake in this project aims to build new channels for data integration and exchange among communities, local governments, and their partners who face barriers to work together on citywide planning and "slum" upgrading. By receiving input directly from stakeholders from the start, the co-design process intends to ensure that the final product provides improved information in the right formats to support citywide planning and participatory "slum" upgrading, as well as to monitor progress toward these goals over time.
The IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem project will produce at least two interfaces (for users of mobile devices versus computers) and several maps (spatial data) that characterize urban deprivation. The specifics of these interfaces are being shaped by the co-design process.
In order to share more details about how we are doing this, we have produced a Co-Design Phase #1 Report which follows on the work we did in Lagos and Nairobi this year. In this report, you can learn about the kinds of workshops we held in these cities to facilitate participation in the design process, what we've learned from stakeholders throughout the process, what we've changed about the product, and what the plans are for the next phase.