The SEE Platform was a network of 11 European partners engaging with government to integrate design into innovation policies and programmes. Between 2012 and 2015, SEE was 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 aimed to build a bank of evidence to support public authorities to integrate design into their mainstream practice.

SEE Legacy

  • SEE partners have successfully influenced 18 policies and 48 support programmes, amounting to over €8.5 million of new investment in design programmes
  • 1,071 public officials were engaged in 112 hands-on workshops on the themes of design policy, design support, service design, social design and design management. During the workshops design methods such as co-creation, visualisation and brainstorming were used
  • 2 special reports: Design for Public Good, Design-driven Innovation: Why it Matters for SME Competitiveness
  • 3 Design Policy Monitors examining trends in design policies and programmes
  • 5 Policy Booklets
  • 6 Bulletins
  • 18 Design Policy Map entries
  • 45 case studies
  • 76 library resources

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Design Policy Monitor


The Design Policy Monitor collates existing statistics on the performance on design in Europe in order to provide input for evidence-based policy-making. The findings reveal a number of intriguing insights: investment in design by government innovationd departments is increasing and in 2014, 25 EU member states had design included in nationa policy. Between March 2012 and December 2014, SEE has delivered 102 hands-on workshops engaging over 800 policy-makers and influenced 17 policies and 40 programmes related to design to a value of €6.2m.



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.



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