April 23, 2013
The Public Policy Lab, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education (DOE)–the largest school district in the country, with more than 1.1 million students and 1,700 schools–is investigating “how to create a better application experience for all students.” The organizations are currently accepting applications from professionals interested in participating in this project as Public Policy Lab Fellows. Three fellowships are available in the areas of design research, visual design, and project strategy. The application deadline is May 5, 2013.
Each year over 75,000 of New York City students participate in a complex school-selection and application process to gain admission to city public high schools. During the spring and summer of 2013, the Public Policy Lab will be investigating how to create a better application experience for all students, particularly those from low-income and non-English-speaking families, in order to support long-term gains in college and career readiness. This work is a partnership with the DOE’s Innovation Zone (iZone).
Click here to learn more about this NYC DOE opportunity from the Public Policy Lab, online at PublicPolicyLab.org.
December 13, 2012
On Tuesday, we published the first in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our 2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review. The history is that a year ago, Archinect published our “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012–For The Public Good.” Here we are, a year later and wiser, to take a quick look back.
1. The TED Prize was awarded to “The City 2.0”
2. Design for America has, indeed, spread its wings
3. The Public Interest Design Institute hit the road
4. The 1% program eclipsed 1,000 firms
5. The Intern Development Program 2.0 took effect
6. Design Like You Give a Damn 2 hit the shelves
7. Studio H, the documentary, due out in 2013
8. Archiculture film in production
9. U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showcased “Spontaneous Interventions”
10. Public Policy Lab took shape
Bonus: Rounding up to 12, one public interest media site reboots, while another waits.
Click here to read our “2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review,” online at Architizer.com.
March 12, 2012
Several posts here at PublicInterestDesign.org have promoted and lamented the relatively small number of post-graduate opportunities to put ones skills to work for the public good, with the most recent being our call for a global design service corps. Today, we join Architectural Record in celebrating existing post-graduate fellowship opportunities in humanitarian design. All but one constitutes a full-time commitment for several months or more, paying anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to live in India and Rwanda, to $50,000 or more for domestic fellowships. Most qualify for federal student loan deferrals, and some have provisions for partial or full student loan forgiveness, along with other educational credits. Each of the programs offer direct or indirect leadership training and other benefits.
The profiled range from federal programs, like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, to opportunities with Architecture for Humanity, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, Design Corps, Design Impact, Design Trust for Public Space, Emerging Terrain, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, MASS Design Group as part of its partnership with Global Health Corps, IDEO.org, the Loeb Fellowship, Public Policy Lab, and the Van Alen Institute. These are tremendous opportunities and we only wish there were many more of the sort.
February 9, 2012
The Public Policy Lab has issued a call for fellows to aid in work on a newly-formed partnership with Parsons The New School for Design and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). The trio are exploring “opportunities for delivering more effective, efficient, and satisfying public services and for facilitating service solutions developed by citizens.” The Public Policy Lab will select 3-5 fellows, who will be joined by one HPD staff member and expected to commit at least one day per week from March through May of this year.
The Public Policy Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers and all Americans build better lives by improving the delivery of public services. We provide technical assistance to help public agencies design services. By working with service designers, agencies can better understand how a public service is used and experienced by citizens and by agency staff – then apply that knowledge to create, test, and refine service-delivery improvements, at low cost and with low risk. Our goal is to help government be more efficient, while also providing services that the public will find satisfying and easy-to-use.
Click here for more information on this unique Public Policy Lab opportunity, which includes a modest honorarium and many other benefits.
December 28, 2011
Last week’s Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011, published at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from IDEO.org and Mass Design Group to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future–though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.
Initiatives profiled among the Top 10 of 2012 include: the TED Prize (being conferred on “The City 2.0″), Design for America, Bryan Bell’s Public Interest Design Institute training program, The 1% program of Public Architecture, Version 2.0 of NCARB’s Intern Development Program, Design Like You Give a Damn 2, Studio-H (the documentary), Archiculture (the film), “Spontaneous Interventions” at the Venice Biennale, and Public Policy Lab, as well as Worldchanging and Next America City as bonuses.
Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″ on Archinect.
December 13, 2011
In preparing our earlier posts about Public Policy Lab and the Service Design Repository, we came across a related effort, called Service Design Tools. The site is dated 2009 and it appears to be the thesis work of student from the Politecnico de Milano in Italy, but still full of information.
Click here to access Service Design Tools.
December 13, 2011
The is the first of three related posts, starting with a profile of an organization just brought to our attention: Public Policy Lab. The above screenshot of their homepage summarizes their work–”committed to the more effective delivery of public services”–but we encourage you to explore their website and frequent “Policy x Design” blog postings as well. This description of their “How We Help” text caught our attention in particular:
We examine how policy goals and public services can be assessed through the experience of their users. We identify best practices from the design professions that can bring value to the public sector. And then we directly engage with government leaders and designers in projects to improve service delivery.
Click here to learn more about Public Policy Lab, and stay tuned for two related posts.
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