Research to Impact: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap and Putting Design Thinking Research to Work

PI: Jonathan Antonio Edelman


Design Thinking is undergoing a critical transformation. As Design Thinking becomes a robust discipline, anecdotally based methods and practices must be replaced by new content grounded in empirical evidence and rigorous theory.

From the Academy, Design Thinking is challenged to communicate the same rigor and theoretical depth required by other academic disciplines; from Industry the demand is for robust, reliable and verifiable methods.

The development of research-based training materials with an emphasis on domain appropriate tools for Digital Engineering, Digital Transformation and Innovation.

Reseach questions:
Can research-based educational training materials improve performance of design teams?
Does increased team performance due to research-based educational training materials lead to better design outcomes?

Create and verify a collection research-based training materials for Design Thinkers. Radically improve design team performance.

Survey Design Thinking research conducted over the past decade. Select cases for development. Iteratively Develop new frameworks, tools and methods. Test and Verify new training materials with design teams.

Qualitative and quantitative analysis of video streams (measuring behaviors, team interactions; questionnaires (participant satisfaction), outcomes of redesign challenges (expert assessment).

Measurement of team performance and redesign challenge outcomes:
Quantitative, measurement of team performance.
Qualitative: expert assessment of design outcomes.


Katrin Unger

Katrin is an expert for human-environmental interactions. With a degree in Geography she has worked in the area of climate change research as well as in the … > Go to article

Joaquin Santuber

Joaquín is a researcher at HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. He is part of the ‘Research to Impact: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap’ group under … > Go to article