Impact Matters

Impact Matters

Social Design & Impact Assessment


By advancing social science methodologies for the discipline of design, my research with urban planner and architect, Adina Hempel, takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how impact assessment strategies can improve social design practice. In particular, our study argues for a critical engagement with evaluation principles to enhance the overall effectiveness, and quality, of design interventions.

Writing on the Topic


Conference Proceedings
“Measuring impact: Program evaluation & design for social change” (with Adina Hempel, Zayed University). In Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design History and Studies (ICDHS). Taipei, Taiwan. October 26–28, 2016.

Digital technology: A tool for mitigating cultural constraints and teaching design for social change in the MENA region.” (with Adina Hempel). DesignEd Asia Conference 2013: Delimitation–Creating with Constraints: Conference Proceedings, Edited by Tim Jachna, Lam Yan Yan, and Sylvia Tzvetanova Yung. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. (145–155). 2013.

Journal Article
Hybrid–learning for social design.” (with Adina Hempel). Tasmeem: No.3. 2014.

Research on the Topic


Grants
“Understanding program evaluation for improved social design practice” faculty research grant. VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar. $4,341 USD. 2016.

“Participatory social design: A study in shared impact assessment” faculty research grant with Adina Hempel. Zayed University, Office of Research, Dubai, UAE. $18,170 USD. 2013-2015.

Presentations
“Measuring impact: Program evaluation & design for social change” (with Adina Hempel, Zayed University) at the 10th International Conference on Design History and Studies (ICDHS). Taipei, Taiwan. October 26–28, 2016.

Tools for hybrid learning: Design for social change in the UAE” (with Adina Hempel). Presentation at the ZU SoTL Symposium, Dubai, UAE, December 15–16, 2013.

Workshop
“Participatory impact assessment for social design” (with Adina Hempel and Kate Lyon, Senior Research Associate, James Bell Associates, Inc.). Workshop leader at DRS (Design Researchers Society) 2014: Design’s Big Debates, Umea, Sweden. June 16–19, 2014.