A design evaluation framework for developing communities

Euan Coutts, Joey Ho, Alex Duffy

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In the field of design within developing communities, a significant need exists to look beyond providing aid, to produce designs that create long term benefits for the community, facilitating empowerment and self-sustainment. Despite a growing range of literature within this field, there are currently no tools, methods or approaches that adequately address this need. A shortcoming that is addressed within this paper by exploring the criteria required within such an undertaking, and proposing an evaluation framework to aid designers. Through an experimental study, the framework was assessed in its potential to aid both the concept generation and concept evaluation process. Results indicate that designers were able to generate more suitable concept solutions, and demonstrated a greater understanding of the long term impacts of the solution on the community through the use of the proposed framework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch into Design for Communities, Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationICoRD 2017. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti, Debkumar Chakrabarti
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789811035210
ISBN (Print)9789811098949, 9789811035203
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2017
Event6th International Conference on Research into Design - Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India
Duration: 9 Jan 201711 Jan 2017


Conference6th International Conference on Research into Design
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  • design for development
  • community
  • concept evaluation
  • concept generation


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