Human Centered Design Thinking (HCDT) is often misconstrued to be an end result of an idea, or the appearance of a physical object.

HCDT is more then just an innovative process, it is a problem solving strategy which enables all members of a team to contribute. This process uses a continuous model to allow for ideas to take shape and evolve primarily based on the end-user’s feedback.

The Social Policy Institute teamed up with The School of Social Work and the ZIP Idea Lab to host a free, one-day workshop to teach and apply HCDT strategies for 15 Master of Social Work students. Participants in this workshop learned the HCDT process and applied it to complex problems across a broad array of industries including nonprofits, start-ups, business, healthcare, technology, government, the arts, and more.

Understanding that our social challenges today require systemic solutions that are feasible, desirable and viable, SPI is looking to integrate tenets of HCDT. Through professional development, SPI is seeking to train employees in this methodology to better assist in project planning, communications planning, evaluation, growth planning and the diversification of financial revenue streams. This approach is understood to be both a toolset and mindset that will give SPI, as an innovative institute, cutting edge approaches and new solutions as a program to address traditional societal problems.