Four Step Journey

Are you looking to meaningfully engage young people when planning, designing, evaluating or implementing projects regarding their sexual reproductive health & rights? If so, you are at the right place! Welcome to our Four Step Journey, which offers tips on how to translate Meaningful Youth Engagement (MYE) principles into action using Human-Centered Design (HCD) approaches.

What is the Four Step Journey

This is an interactive learning product for a broad audience that outlines four steps that can be taken by practitioners and organizations to increase the engagement of young people in program design, implementation and evaluation.

We identified an opportunity to use Human-Centered Design (HCD) approaches to identify how the principle of Meaningful Youth Engagement (MYE) could be translated into tangible advice and tips for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) programs. This led to the development of the Four Step Journey. This tool was conceptualized and developed in its early stages by our Youth Leadership Hub in 2021. It is an evolving tool.

Key Definitions

Meaningful Youth Engagement

The Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent & Youth Engagement affirms that young people have a fundamental right to actively and meaningfully engage in all matters that affect their lives.

Human-centered design
Human-centered design is the process of integrating human perspectives in all steps of the problem-solving process. The aim is to better understand an issue from the human perspective and focus on how it looks and feels to users within their environment and context.

Our Four Step Journey

Step 1. ENGAGE young people

Step 2. EMPATHIZE to design their experience

Step 3. EVALUATE their engagement

Step 4. EXTEND the outcome post-engagement


Learn more about how this product was developed
  • The conceptualization and development of the Four Step Journey was led by the HCDEXchange’s Youth Leadership Cohort (YLH) 2021 cohort.
  • The HCDExchange Secretariat along with the YLH cohort of 2021 collated findings from publicly available literature, young peoples experiences and common practices shared by experts in key informant interviews.
  • These findings were used to inform and develop this practical Four Step Journey with easy to follow tips on how to engage young people in AYSRH programs.
  • The YLH undertook a series of co-creation workshops with members of the HCDExchange community of practice and other youth members.
  • They also undertook individual consultations with different stakeholders (designers, program implementers, youth practitioners etc) to refine the Four Step Journey. This tool has been validated and a list of contributors and reviewers can be found here.
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