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Living Labs Initiative

By Medical Devices and Health Technologies

PATH’s Living Labs Initiative accelerates the pace of health innovation to ensure that all communities have the solutions they need to live healthy lives. We do this by co-creating with users to rapidly design, test, and scale solutions to their long-standing challenges.

Our Approach

PATH’s Living Labs Initiative uses human-centered design to work with end users to co-develop solutions aimed at accelerating the pace of innovation, lowering risk, and increasing the likelihood of realizing sustainable solutions. Through PATH's world-renowned expertise in global health and longstanding relationships with governments and communities, we have built a strong reputation as a trusted partner and can help to rapidly engage with key stakeholders to help deliver lasting results.

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We use a '4D' approach to human-centered design: discover, define, dream, design. We iterate at the design stage until a solution is developed that is acceptable to the end users.

Our service offerings

The Living Labs Initiative offers three primary services: designing solutions, exploring concepts, and testing prototypes or potential solutions. While the overarching aim for each approach or service remains the same—bringing the voice of the end user, their context or use case scenario, and the needs and challenges into the design process—the specific objectives and outputs slightly vary.

Designing Solutions

We work with partners who have a general idea of what the health challenge is, but are trying to deeply understand the context and the users and come up with potential ideas for addressing the problem. Through participatory processes we gather insights from users, prioritize ideas to prototype and iterate until solutions are developed that meet their needs.

Examples of our work Designing Solutions:

Meet the health workers who will co-create solutions for vaccine delivery

Co-creating an improved response to postpartum hemorrhage

Exploring Concepts

We use this process when there is already a firm understanding of the health problem and potential concepts to solve the problem. It lowers the risk of launching a new product or approach by providing an opportunity for rapid, initial user feedback and positioning for the concept, while simultaneously avoiding an expensive and time-consuming pilot of a concept that is not appropriate, scalable, or sustainable. We identify key stakeholders, collect feedback from end users through interviews or focus groups, and aggregate and analyze data to inform concept recommendations.

Testing Prototypes

We test health prototypes or solutions with end users across different settings to inform what is working and what can be improved. We put early-stage solutions in the hands of end users, observe or simulate use with potential end users to discover strengths and weaknesses, and strategize improvements to make products or solutions market-ready.

Examples of our work Testing Prototypes:

To optimize COVID-19 vaccine rollout, listen to health workers

COVID-19 Vaccine Label: User Evaluation

Meet Members of the Living Labs Team

  1. Chris Obong’o

    Lead Product Manager, Living Labs Kenya

  2. Nelson Cheruiyot

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  3. Janet Muigai

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  4. Wilkister Musau

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  5. Steve Osumba

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  6. Oyugi Allela

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  7. Sue Wairimu

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Kenya

  8. Faith Mbai

    Program Assistant, Living Labs Kenya

  9. Dr. Joseph Kayaya

    Lead Product Manager, Living Labs Zambia

  10. Casildah Lumamba

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  11. Brian Mushaukwa

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  12. John Allan Zgambo

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  13. Brenda Magula

    Creative Designer, Living Labs Zambia

  14. Catherine Kagulura

    Finance Officer

  15. Brian Taliesin

    Global Director, Living Labs

  16. Bhavya Gowda

    Deputy Director, Living Labs

  17. Christina Smith

    Senior Project Administrator

  18. Kevin Kwong

    Market Dynamics Associate

Partner with us

Living Labs is ready to partner with your team to connect individuals, ideas, and innovations. If you have questions or are interested in integrating Living Labs into current or future projects, please contact livinglabs@path.org.

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