Design Project Scoping Guide

What is this?
A guide for selecting, framing, and communicating the intentions of a design project. Much of the advice provided runs contrary to conventional wisdom in the education policy world.


When should I use this?
When you’re scoping a proposal for a funder or client in which the project seeks a new or better solution for a specific group of people, like students, principals, or teachers.

More about this...
If you’re considering using human-centered design methods for a project, this guide offers advice on which challenges are best suited for a design approach (hint: not all are) and how to scope, frame, and communicate a design challenge. It includes guidance on how to question assumptions; start small; have a bias toward action; constrain the challenge space; and broaden the solution space, among other topics.