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Enhancing commitment to participatory design initiatives

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  • Naska Goagoses, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Namibia
  • Asnath Paula Kambunga
  • Heike Winschiers-Theophilus Winschiers-Theophilus, Namibia University of Science & Technology (NUST), Namibia
Increased participants’ commitment to participatory design (PD) initiatives can lead to sustainability beyond the project period. Although commitment is endorsed in theory, it is often overlooked or incorrectly assumed in practice; we thus introduce a technique grounded in motivational psychology, aiming to increase commitment to individual goals that contribute to a common group goal within a PD initiative. We present a case study of unemployed youth, participating in the design of an appropriate localized technology adoption strategy. A commitment workshop attempted to align individual goals and actions of the participants to enhance group achievement and extend individual commitment and activities beyond the project. A follow-up three months after the workshop indicates sustained commitment among participants. We conclude that the technique is viable in establishing participants’ commitment, yet needs further refinements informed by more empirical work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventParticipatory Design Conference - Hasselt ang Genk, Belgium
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference
LocationHasselt ang Genk

    Research areas

  • Commitment, mental contrasting, motivational psychology, participatory design initiative, technology adoption, Namibia

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