Jak Spencer

Chief Impact Officer, Polyloop Chief Impact Officer - expert in evaluation and evidencing impact of public projects. Author - Design and the SDGs (Routledge)

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Dr Jak Spencer is an award-winning researcher and designer focused on people centred innovation projects. He is a founding partner at Polyloop, a digital evaluation and outcomes management tool for public sector. With notable projects in Northern Ireland, the studio specialises in culture-led development in cities, improving wellbeing and mental health in public space and co-designing government policies and strategies. His PhD in design for sustainable behaviour change developed a framework for understanding and influencing behaviour across different markets. In industry, he has led a diverse array of people-centred innovation and strategy projects for global brands including Google, Facebook, IKEA and Unilever. He is an established researcher, having led the Social and Global Research Space at the Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in London. He has been involved in design research projects across the globe, with a particular focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, from Brazil to India and from Mozambique to Northern Ireland. His research interests lie in developing the methods and tools of people-centred design to solve difficult global social and business challenges. He recently co-authored Design for Global Challenges and Goals for Routledge, which looks at the role design can play in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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AI enhanced evaluation and outcomes management: A case study from 14 EU cities

12 March 2024, 03:00 PM
Jak Spencer