Design for policy-making in a Forensic Psychiatric Centre
Oct 2023 - ongoing
This thesis project aims to visualize the complex system of policy making within a forensic psychiatric centre in the Netherlands, and identify intervention opportunities for (systemic) design principles to improve this process.
About the project
The process of policymaking is inherently complex, and even more so in the context of a forensic psychiatric centre. There are many stakeholder interests to manage, both internally and externally. Policy-makers of this centre are confronted with complex challenges and a multitude of perspectives that have to be considered when making policy decisions. However, the current process of policymaking is not yet suited for this. This project will explore the potential of (systemic) design principles in this context, as a means to deal with complex issues that arise in the process of policymaking. It begins with visualizing the system in which policymaking is situated, through GIGAMapping with stakeholders. From this map, intervention opportunities can be identified for improvement of the process. This intervention will be further explored, developed and validated with stakeholders of the system.