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CHIPS – Children Health Innovation and Participatory Service Design

The availability of health-promoting resources for young children diagnosed with cancer who are transitioning from intensive care to everyday life is limited. In the context of designing digital peer support services for children who are considered vulnerable due to clinical and age-related aspects, there are several challenges that put critical requirements on a user-centered design process. In the CHIPS project we studied participatory aspects of digital service design and health-promoting effects of digital peer support.

One prominent outcome of the project is the digital service platform Give Me a Break that introduces several novel concepts in the area of peer support for children with a history of cancer. Give Me a Break has received several awards, and clearly shows the powerful impact of an innovation network consisting of academic researchers in collaboration with industry such as digital design agencies, game studios, and health professionals.

Even though one of the project's objectives was to design digital services and IT artifacts, the methodological mindset that underlies this work is applicable even in processes where a digital artifact or service is not necessarily the outcome.

The CHIPS project ran from 2012-2015 and was financed by the KK Foundation and FORMAS. Collaborators included Digital Reliance, CP+B, Hello There, Barncancerföreningen, Skåne University Hospital in Lund and CELL.


Best av CHI Honorable Mention Award, SIGCHI 2014 Innovation Award - The Big C, Livestrong Foundation 2014

Finalist - The Big C, Livestrong Foundation 2014
Svenska Designpriset Nominee 2015
Reach for Change Accelerator Finalist 2015


Updated 2018-03-28