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posted on 2024-06-03, 12:56 authored by Lorraine Gamman, Adam Thorpe, Marcus Willcocks

Many of our projects stem from an Open Innovation (Chesbrough, 2003) approach. Over 20 years, DACRL has refined its processes and methodologies in practice-led research, emphasising the importance of context. We focus on creating thriving communities and reducing crime through collaborative, democratic, and holistic techniques with users and communities. Our approach blends theory and practice, particularly co-design, ensuring theoretical insights are applied in real-world contexts.

Our methodology starts with human-centred design, incorporating ethnographic techniques to engage with users of our products, systems, and services. We also address the potential for misuse and abuse, adapting IDEO's user-centred approach to include these considerations. This "open innovation" strategy allows us to work with partners who provide critical information.

Recognising that crime issues are complex and socially situated, we adopt holistic approaches for effective interventions. We often look beyond immediate crime data to address broader issues, reframing problems to generate comprehensive design solutions.

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