Co-designing Inclusive Cities

Planning your co-design activity

Including unique and diverse needs in the co-design process is an effective way to ensure design adapts to a broader range of needs. However, involving citizens in a co-design process may seem expensive, time consuming, and overwhelming. This template provides a list of items to consider when planning, executing, facilitating, and reporting a co-design process based on your goals, context, and resources. It can be used in any format or order, and adapted for your own processes by adding, removing, and modifying its content. If you have any comments regarding this template or the following resources, please email

A list of resources is provided to elaborate on each section of the template. These resources include best practices, reflections of OCAD's own co-design experiences, and practical tools to plan a co-design process. OCAD encourages all those involved in co-design to share their perspectives, methods, challenges, and learnings by completing this form and contributing to this public resource.

Resource types include Perspectives, Reflections, and Tools.

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These resources were created by the Inclusive Design Research Centre, an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, educators and co-designers who work together to proactively ensure that emerging technology and practices are designed inclusively.

Established in 1993, the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) coordinates the Inclusive Design Institute. Both were founded by Dr. Jutta Treviranus with the help of her team and community.