The public open day was a great opportunity to explain exactly what the DEC does; and what better way to do that than by playing a board game!
'DECisions' was designed to help illustrate the evidence gathering and regulatory pathway that a new diagnostic test would have to follow in order for the device to be implemented in clinical practice.
Starting with target discovery in the laboratory (i.e. identifying the substance that the test must be able to detect), players encounter many pitfalls along the way from failure of the test under lab conditions to not enough evidence that the device will benefit patients. By the end of the game, players have an understanding of the complexities of the adoption process and some idea of how long it takes to implement.
Please do let us know what you think of the game! You can email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org