The SEE Platform is a network of 11 European partners engaging with government to integrate design into innovation policies and programmes. From 2012 and 2015, SEE is operating as part of the European Commission’s European Design Innovation Initiative.
Through new research, workshops for policy-makers, case studies, policy booklets and the annual Design Policy Monitor, SEE aims to build a bank of evidence to support public authorities to integrate design into their mainstream practice.
Our key objective is to engage with 260 public officials across Europe over three years. Innovation policy-makers and programme managers can attend free workshops on themes such as design policy, business support, service innovation, social innovation and academia-industry collaboration to gain practical insight into how design can realise policy priorities.
Design Policy Monitor
The Design Policy Monitor collates existing statistics design systems in order to provide input for evidence-based policy-making. The exercise has revealed a number of intriguing insights:
The Design Policy Monitor collates existing statisticson the performance of the SEE partners’ national or regional
design systems in order to provide input for evidence-based policy-making. The exercise has revealed a number of intriguing insights:In the UK, companies spend more on design (2.92% of GDP) than on R&D (1.07%) and in Denmark, Finland and the UK, more companies engage in design activities (93%, 57% and 66% respectively) than innovation activities (52%, 52% and 46%).
Design for Public Good Report
The Design for Public Good report presents a collection of 12 case studies and a series of tools to enhance the understanding of design for public sector innovation and its use in mainstream practice. The report is a collaborative effort between the Design Council, Design Wales, Danish Design Centre and Aalto University. The SEE partners put forward the concept of a Public Sector Design Ladder that can be used as a diagnostic tool to move the public sector from disjointed incremental to systemic innovation.