Cover image: Abstract colorful artwork from artist Nina Sepahpour

Thank you for buying the Model of Care for Co-design Practice Cards by KA McKercher. This wiki explores each aspect of the model with resources to deepen your practice. Beyond Sticky Notes: Co-design for Real (the book) includes even more information.

This is an evolving, work in progress. It will be updated as we learn, together. If you'd like to contribute a resource, go here (thanks!)

Referencing: If you use other people's work and resources included in this tool - please cite each resource fully. This tool, original words and diagrams should be cited as McKercher, K.A. If you'd like your work changed or removed from this tool please contact me.

Disclaimer: While I explain a few ways to think about co-design, experienced practitioners will mix and match different parts based on their experience and intuition. There is no ‘right’ way to do co-design. I share my ways of working to support your practice, not dictate it.


Overview of the Model


Underpinning bodies of knowledge:

Trauma-aware practice and design

Strengths-based practice (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Recovery-oriented practice (Victoria State Government)

Respectful design (Dr. Dori Tunstall)

Asset based community development (Nurture Development)

Co-design overview (Beyond Sticky Notes)

Mindsets for co-design (Beyond Sticky Notes)

Community-led design wiki

Part One: Before togetherness

Click on the links below to find out more about your cards:

Assess the fit (start here)

Develop frameworks for safety

Establish a support team

Build relationships

Offer genuine invitations

Pre-empt barriers

Widen inclusion

Recruit wisely

Yes, there is lots of work to do before you get into a room with people. Yes, it’s necessary. Without it we haven’t built the conditions for safe (enough) participation.