Design Hops

A free course to learn step-by-step methods for designing your charity’s online services.

This programme is now closed to applications.

Could you use some help with designing your charity’s online services? Need advice on how to best transfer face-to-face services into a virtual space? Or want to redesign or improve an existing digital service? Then a Design Hop can help!

What are Design Hops?

A Design Hop teaches charity participants a step-by-step method for user centred digital design, leading to unexpected insights, powerfully simple digital solutions and a hunger to keep tackling complex problems.

It’s a free course that supports nonprofits on a digital journey to solve a real challenge for your organisation.

You’ll gain:

  • Confidence with digital and reusing a design process in future
  • Crucial new insights and knowledge about tech habits and needs of your users
  • Your own minimum viable product (a ‘starter solution’) to take away to solve a real problem
  • ​A fresh new network of other charities and experts using digital for good

Who can participate?

A Design Hop participant writing

Staff and core volunteers from UK nonprofits of all sizes who are curious to learn about the potential of digital.

Ideally we’re looking for decision-makers who will be able to put the methods learnt directly into practice and are in a position to further develop ideas, for example by allocating internal resource or making grant-funding applications. You should have a good understanding of your charity’s existing services and the challenges in providing them.

Unfortunately this course is not suitable for organisations whose primary beneficiaries are based outside the UK.

How much does it cost?


It’s totally free!

How does it work?

How the Hops are delivered often varies based on what we’re learning works best. But what you’ll learn from them is always the same. Here’s what we cover:


Discover

  • Choose and investigate the social and organisational challenge that you want to work through
  • Understand the real user needs of the people affected

Define

  • Be inspired by examples of free and simple digital solutions
  • Generate your own ideas
  • Explore how they fit in your wider services and lives of your users

Develop

  • Develop the quickest, easiest way to test your chosen idea with your users.

Next Steps

  • We'll set you up to continue your digital momentum inside your organisation, or with new peers and digital experts met through the course.

Find out what previous attendees have said.

Dates

  • Starting 7th September 2021 - Design Hop for nonprofits in Scotland. Sign up here (link takes you to SCVO website)

  • Starting 16th September 2021 - Design Hop for nonprofits in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Sign up here

Until things return to normal, any sessions will be delivered remotely via Zoom.

Can't make it?

If these dates don’t work for you, sign up to our waiting list to be the first to hear about new dates for the Design Hop course.