For some time now, many of us have been seeing and hearing that there’s a need for new approaches to spark change in the early childhood field. I recently led a conversation about two such strategies, co-design and rapid-cycle learning, that can be used hand-in-hand to find better early childhood solutions, faster.
If you missed it, you can catch our webinar recording “Using Co-design and Rapid-cycle Learning to Drive Impact of Early Childhood Programs” and learn more in the resources below.
Co-design is about engaging with your end users – parents, teachers, and caregivers in our case – to work with them to create solutions that meet their real needs in supporting young children. It involves going beyond a focus group and symbolic ‘seat at the table’ for users, in which decision-making typically happens elsewhere.
As we co-design solutions, rapid-cycle learning helps us assess what’s working or not working, in real-time, to improve pilots and programs iteratively.
In the webinar, experts from across the fields of early childhood, design, and research share how they have used co-design and rapid-cycle learning in their work. They also offer insight into how you can start using these approaches in your own work to support families and teachers of children 0-5.
Watch the recording below to learn more about the Early Learning Lab’s Parent Innovation Institute that brought parents together with the organizations that serve them to co-design solutions; Global Family Research Project’s insights from using human-centered design as a tool to promote family engagement; CivicMakers’ work to build a lasting culture of co-design in institutions; and Mathematica Policy Research’s initiative in Colorado to support the early childhood workforce using their model of Learn, Innovate, and Improve (LI2).
Additional resources related to the webinar:
- “Using Co-design and Rapid-cycle Learning to Drive Impact of Early Childhood Programs” Slide Deck
- The Early Learning Lab’s Parent Innovation Institute Case Study
- Global Family Research Project’s Primer on Human-Centered Design
- CivicMakers’s blog post The Culture Stack — Cultivating a More Resilient & Responsive Government
- Mathematica Policy Research’s LI2 toolkit and more on the workforce initiative in Colorado