Positive deviance: exploring strategies for dissemination and adoption using design methods

Lead: Prof Paul Chamberlain, Dr Claire Craig (Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam university)

Collaborators: Daniel Wolstenholme, Cheryl Grindle

This study investigates whether creative practice and co-design methods can be used to support the dissemination of positively deviant strategies for improving quality and evidence about newly characterised best practices within elderly patient medical wards, as per stage 4 of the Bradley et al.’s (2009) model. It focuses on the potential for design methods and co-creation approaches (Zanetti and Taylor, 2016) to support knowledge-transfer amongst autonomous ward teams.

 The study research questions are as follows:

1) Can creative co-design help ward teams to disseminate positively deviant strategies?

2) Does using creative practice and co-design methods to support the dissemination of positively deviant strategies have an impact on the ward?

3) What is the experience of being involved in this process for staff on the units?

4) Is there a difference in the experience and impact of the critical artefacts between wards engaged in creative practice and co-design of creative interventions and those that were not.

5) Which types of creative co-design methods work well in this context?