Title

Designing public services: the usefulness of three service design methods for identifying user experiences

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Trischler, J & Scott, DR 2016, 'Designing public services: the usefulness of three service design methods for identifying user experiences', Public Management Review, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 718-739.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2015.1028017

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This article examines the use of three service design methods in exploring complex public service systems. The methods used were the persona technique, mapping techniques in collaborative design workshops, and observations supplemented by group discussions. In their application to a university service, it was found that through their user-centred and collaborative approach, the service design methods assisted in the analysis of user experiences, including critical incidents, within the service system. It was also identified that user co-production formed the core of the service system and its processes, which highlights the need to actively involve users in public service design projects.