Development of a design tool to get a grip on social dynamics (GRIP)

In this project, socionas are developed and applied to exemplary cases at Medical Center Meander in which the period after discharge from the hospital of vulnerable elderly is central. Socionas are a new way to understand, describe and influence (through design interventions) behaviour in a group context.


The aim of this project is to further develop the research method in a future-proof, online and offline form. This is called the transmedia toolkit. It facilitates stakeholders to use future thinking around a social issue to arrive at radical, widely supported innovations.


The aim of the project is twofold:

  • Get a grip on what happens at home after hospital admission with the
    elderly, caregiver (s), family, friends and professionals to design optimal
    support during the rehabilitation process.
  • Further development of the Socionas design tool.


01 January 2020 - 01 August 2021


The Socionas are (further) developed in a number of iterations during
design sprints. Prototypes are applied to casuistry provided by Meander.


Together with creative partners, the research group has designed tools to support behavioural change at an individual level. This project takes this a step further towards the socio-systemic aspect that is so important for behaviour. The knowledge and products developed increase the opportunities for the creative industry to develop useful, effective products, services and communications that support people in sustainable, healthy behavioural change.



HU researchers involved in the research

Related research groups

Collaboration with knowledge partners

The project is being carried out in collaboration with creative partner Ideate.

Meander Medical Center will provide the case histories.