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Discovery

What is Discovery?

Discovery is about conducting user research to understand people's needs. Discovery helps define a service’s potential users and how their needs can be met. You shouldn’t start building your service in Discovery.

What do you do in Discovery?

In Discovery you will:

  • conduct user research
  • learn about the people who will use the service
  • understand what users need in a service
  • check if there are existing or non-governmental services that meet user needs
  • identify policies and other barriers that will make meeting user needs difficult
  • conduct a policy review using the Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) framework to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people along with other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability may experience or be impacted by your service differently.
  • identify how impairments might affect your users -- for example, visual, hearing, motor and cognitive (memory and thinking) impairments
  • document the research and findings through artefacts such as journey maps, service blueprints and personas.

Staffing the team

[TBD]

What do you have at the end of Discovery?

By the end of Discovery, expect to have:

  • a clear understanding of the problems that the service will address
  • a documented set of user needs and stories
  • a plan for what will be prototyped and tested in Alpha
  • a team of people and list of what resources you need to support work in Alpha
  • current benchmarks of service performance
  • how you will measure improvements to the service
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