Series: Research Guides

“This project was co-designed by young people for young people. I truly believe you get better, more long-term results from this inclusion. We didn’t go in with preset questions for a youth focus group or preset ideas about their needs or programs. We didn’t try to know the answers before we asked the questions. A360 is about seeking.” —Amy Uccello, Sr. AYSRH Technical Advisor, PSIWhat is it?

A series of guides for conducting design research with adolescent girls, adolescent boys, male partners, mothers and mothers-in-law, fathers and fathers-in-law, key influencers, and service providers.

This series illustrates our use of formative, human-centered design research to generate insights that our team later analyzed as a group from the perspectives of our various disciplines: adolescent developmental science, socio-cultural anthropology, youth engagement, public health, and social marketing.

How did we use it?

We shared more research methods than we needed during any one conversation. Providing a variety of suggested tools for how critical topics can be explored gave our teams the flexibility to choose which methods were most appropriate for their audience. At the end of every day, we reconvened to discuss insights, so we could learn and refine our approach. Note: We used this process in all three countries, though the example shared here is from our Ethiopia team.

Consider using it to:

Guide your formative research and instill a commitment to empathy and respect for research participants. Listen to and create insight with youth, then iterate based on what you learn together.



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