Operation Compass is an ethnographic research study concerned with developing design-led interventions to combat the complex social issue of human trafficking. The goal of this research is twofold: 1) to equip communities that surround victims of human trafficking with the right tools to report incidents safely and anonymously and 2) to produce technology for service providers with the tools to conduct business more effectively and efficiently.
In order to ensure the tools developed were appropriate to the population intended, research-driven design methods were used as a way of developing and executing social innovations that can impact change.
The poster on the right was focused on the process of the development of the mobile application developed as a result of the initial research for Operation Compass. It was presented at the 8th International Conference on Inclusive Design, hosted by the Royal College of Art, London, England, United Kingdom, August 2015.