Phase 1: Needs Assessment

Devices for Dignity teamed up with Design Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University to engage children and families to tell us about their priorities and needs for child prosthetics development. With a focus on creative ways of sharing experiences, we ran several workshops across the country as well as developing bespoke questionnaires for children, young adults and parents.

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Phase 2: Sandpit Events

We had amazing support at our sandpit events from children, parents and siblings. Each of the events had a different theme and a unique buzz within the room. Many different outcomes and ideas emerged as a result. We have continued to analyse the amazing ideas and experiences shared during these Sandpit events. We hope to make these rich insights more widely available through traditional reports as well as some more creative, visual methods, as shown below:

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Industry Forums, July & October 2018

In line with our collaborative approach, a key part of Starworks has also been to bring the projects together in two Industry Forum meetings, facilitated by funding from the University of Sheffield. These meetings created a space for the projects to share not only their progress so far, but also the challenges they have faced and strategies for addressing them. We feel that a strong network approach is crucial to navigating potential barriers to innovation in this emerging area of research within Child Prosthetics.

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Starworks 2

Following on from the success of Starworks and to ensure the network continued beyond its original scope, Starworks 2 was launched – thanks to follow on funding from the National Institute for Health Research.

You can read more about Starworks 2, click here.

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If you are a child, sibling, family member or a teacher click here.

Finally, do you have an idea, unmet need or new innovation that you like to tell us about?

If so, please get in touch.

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