‘Making’ Knowledge, ‘Making’ Impact

WHEELER, Gemma, PARTRIDGE, Rebecca, BEC, Remi and LANGLEY, Joe (2018). ‘Making’ Knowledge, ‘Making’ Impact. In: Creating Knowledge Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 18 June 2018. Sheffield Hallam University. (Unpublished)

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Lab4Living is a multidisciplinary research group within the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI), with a focus on bringing Design-led research to fields of health and wellbeing. Our work spans a range of health contexts across the entire life course, and is characterised by the use of creating and making. These effective, empowering approaches include those affected by the research outcomes in the knowledge creation process, as a route to greater impact. For a designer, the process of drawing or making something is not to transcribe ideas from their heads but as a means of orchestrating a conversation with themselves, and others [1]. Externalising those emergent thoughts, making them tangible, allows designers to extend their thinking, distributing it between conception and perception simultaneously [1]. When others are invited into this ‘conversation’, the materiality of drawings or prototypes makes it easier to share, communicate and develop knowledge in a common language, unbounded by barriers between disciplines or hierarchies. The process of making, either collaboratively or as an independent enquiry, elicits deeper forms of knowledge (for example tacit, behavioural or experiential). These can elevate research findings into meaningful, impactful outcomes that are sensitive to the ‘messy’ reality within which they hope to contribute. Clearly, many of the principles of ‘making’ knowledge resonate with the complex, interdependent nature of healthcare services and personal, hard to articulate nature of healthcare experiences. In our presentation, we will use several key case studies from the Lab4Living portfolio to illustrate our approaches and impact to date.

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Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 12:37
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:16
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23482

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