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The Design Policy Lab is a research lab at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano.
It works on design + policy focusing on researching, implementing,
and evaluating policy through design and design through policy.
The lab is an initiative connected with the project Design For Europe.


It aims to empower policymakers and social entrepreneurs by exploring the potential of new public policy instruments (e.g.: Pay-by-Result), thus strengthening the public-private partnership (PPP) in the city of Milan's social innovation ecosystem. The project is co-funded by Fondazione Cariplo, developed in partnership with Tiresia (School of Management, Politecnico di Milano) and supported by the Municipality of Milan.

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The Design Policy Beacon
It is an evidence-based resource for policymakers/researchers/designers that creates knowledge on the field of ‘design+policy’ through data visualisation developed by Polimi with the support of Design For Europe.

DeEP - Design in European Policy
It has aimed at promoting, nurturing and mainstreaming an evaluation culture into European Innovation Policies, with a special focus on design policy. The overall objective has been to create an understanding of the impact of design innovation policies by building frameworks and indicators to evaluate these actions both at a macro (regional, national, European) and micro (specific initiative) level.


(English version below) Includi.MI sta entrando nella sua fase finale. Il progetto, co-finanziato da Fondazione Cariplo, è stato sviluppato dal Design Policy Lab in collaborazione con Tiresia e ha ricevuto il supporto del Comune di Milano. In linea con gli obiettivi del progetto, i coordinatori hanno sviluppato diverse attività. In primo luogo è stata condotta […]

Note: this article was originally published on the “Democracy and Design Platform”, where the Design Policy Lab is one of the main coordinators. On 20th June 2017, the seminar “Democrazia e Design. Contributi per una democrazia progettuale” will be hosted at Triennale Design Museum in Milan, in collaboration with the Department of Design and the […]

On 4th/5th April, the Design Policy Lab attended to the workshop “Towards a multi-level urban 3rd space” (follow the link for a full agenda of the event) in Brussels. The lab-session was organized by the EU Policy Lab in collaboration with DG RTD, as a follow-up of the Lab Connections event organized by the JRC Policy Lab.The 2-days […]

ENoLL – European Network of Living Labs has launched a call for papers, that will be open for submissions until the 1st of May.The call seeks to gather articles on several topics: Living Labs, open innovation, participation, multi-stakeholder innovation, open innovation in public sector and user-centered design and more.Selected articles will be presented by researchers during the […]

On 12.12.16 the Danish Design Centre, in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School’s Public-Private Platform, organized an event called “Policy Experimentation by Design”. Representatives of the Design Policy Lab were invited within a select group of policy makers, public managers and academics to discuss how the landscape of design practice and research is changing toward design for policy.For us it was an inspiring […]

During the 2016 summit “Powering Innovation”, Design For Europe and The Design Policy Lab have launched an open “Call To Engagement”, to ask the design community to contribute to The Design Policy Beacon.A couple of months after the summit, we would like to open this Call online to the European design community at large. If you are […]

“A reform is not a reform before there are citizens that experience something different”Mette Frederiksen, Former Danish Minister of EmploymentOn 17th and 18th October 2016 the Design Policy Lab @ Polimi has taken part to the ‘Lab Connections’ event organized by the Eu Policy Lab at the JRC in Brussels.The main aim has been to […]

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