DDfV Fundamentals: Value Assessment (Public Lecture)

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DDfV Fundamentals: Value Assessment – evaluating value realization in design and engineering outcomes

A lecture by Dr. Elisabeth Lex, with Q&A and discussion. DDfV believes that in order to create meaningful products, systems and technologies, societal and moral values need to be given a central role in the design and development of new, innovative technologies. But how to do that? How can we, as designers and engineers, employ something as abstract as values – such as credibility, privacy, autonomy, democracy, well-being, etc – to guide our design process and inform our design decisions? How can we create this central role for value considerations, as an integral part of the design process?

Following up on the previous lecture in this series, about value operationalization, this lecture will focus on how to assess to what extend values are realized in our design and engineering outcomes. Dr. Lex’s experience lies in evaluation using behavioral user data. She will display theoretical concepts and models for value assessment of technological solutions. We will see how value assessment is strongly interlinked with value operationalization. First, in order to evaluate a clear concept of the value is essential. Next, it is interesting to see what more we can learn from the insights gained when assessing: in what way can we wire the results of this assessment back into the design process by formulating technological norms and concrete design requirements based on the insights? So value assessment can support conceptualizing and operationalizing (or translating) the values we hold, based on our experiences with the technology.

Questions that will be addressed during this lecture:

  • How can we evaluate value realization in design and engineering outcomes?
  • What tools and methodologies are at our disposal?
  • What does the assessment process entail?
  • When should value assessment take place; at what stage(s) of the design process?
  • Are different tools required when evaluating concepts during designing or evaluating existing solutions?
  • How do the insights of value assessment wire back into the design process?

In the first part, Elisabeth Lex will share her knowledge and experience on the topic; the second part is dedicated to Q&A and discussion.

Details – please subscribe: To anticipate crowds, we kindly ask you to subscribe for this event; please use this online form. Let us know if there is any specific question you would like to see addressed during this lecture. The event will be video recorded for future reference and use on our website.
Our aim is to record the lecture as well as the discussion with the audience afterwards.
Lunch is included in the lecture.

Location: Faculty of 3mE, Hall K (34-D1-400), see plan.

This lecture is part of the program of Dr. Elisabeth Lex’s guest visit to TU Delft from 13-19 May. Building on this lecture, the playground meeting of Thursday 16 May and the workshop of that afternoon will both be dedicated to the same topic, and give you a chance to explore the topic together with Dr. Lex.

DDfV Fundamentals Series In this series of lunch lectures, Delft Design for Values Institute will bring you up to speed on fundamental design for values topics. As a designer or engineer, what do you need to know about design for values? What does it take to successfully use values in your design process? What is the current state of affairs and what are the challenges in framework, tools and methodology that research still needs to address? The series will start with DDfV’s four key themes: value operationalisation, value assessment, value dynamics and value conflict. For each lecture an expert on the topic will be invited, giving you the opportunity to ask the questions that are on your mind. All topics in this series will be overaching and independant of field of work or application domain. The events are open to all TUD researchers (all others upon request, whenever there are spots left). Let us know what topic or speaker you would like to see on stage next!