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Adults students learning English as a second language. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.Engagement in politics increases, as the citizens who experience a policy’s impact most directly work alongside its designers. Carefully designed co-creation approaches allow policy designers to build better prototypes and test them more realistically, increasing the final policy’s effectiveness.

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In an early example of the approach, in 2011 the Australian Center for Social Innovation tackled the issue of “chaotic families” (domestic violence, child abuse and substance abuse) by co-designing a solution called “Family by Family” with the people they sought to support.

Source: “Family by Family,” The Australian Center for Social Innovation, http://www.tacsi.org.au/solutions/family-by-family/.