Applying the Human-Centered Design Approach
Youth face many obstacles in accessing contraceptive products and services, often more than married or older individuals. These include, for example, lower access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, and provider bias and social norms.
Successfully breaking down these barriers requires a deep understanding of the issues that female and male youth face—and actively involving them in the solutions. Human-centered design (HCD) is one strategy for engaging youth and facilitating best practices in offering contraceptive services.
Evidence suggests that individual and community-level participation and engagement leads to more sustainable and stronger outcomes. The purpose of this brief is to describe how PHARE applied the HCD approach to address demand and access barriers to contraceptive products and services among youth in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger.
- Community Communication MNCH e-Manual: Participatory Health Promotion Sessions
- Design Kit for Human-Centered Design
- Birth Spacing and Family Welfare Sermons
- What is Human-Centered Design?
- Course on Human-Centered Design
- Design Kit: The Facilitator’s Guide to Teaching Human-Centered Design
- Human-Centered Design- TED Talk by David Kelley
- Principles of Human-Centered Design
- Human-Centered Design Templates and Tools
- Breaking Down Barriers to Family Planning Access by Engaging Agents of Change
- Transform/PHARE activités brise-glace pour atelier de communication- Workshop Ice-breaker Activities
- SARARI Video on Human-Centered Design
- Leveraging Technology to Develop and Test Family Planning Mass Media Campaigns in Niger and Cote D’Ivoire
- The Importance of Segmentation and Tailoring Messages to Constructively Engage Men and Boys in Voluntary Family Planning
- A Total Market Approach for Voluntary Family Planning Programming that Includes Social and Behavior Change Communication