a community driven learning agenda

Learning Themes

The HCDExchange’s learning agenda, set by the Community of Practice, is guided by four learning themes that frame our approach to driving learning, curating and making evidence accessible to the field of practice. Two of the themes are examined through Working Groups and the other two through a team of experts at the HCDExchange Secretariat.

The themes examined through Working Groups are Quality and Standards chaired by, YLabs and Measurement and Evaluation, chaired by Vihara Innovation Network. The team of experts at the HCDExchange Secretariat explore the Adolescent Insights and Youth integration themes.


We want to understand the current landscape of adolescent insights within HCD processes and ASRH programming and how these insights are generated and applied to solutions.


We want to understand the evaluation frameworks and measurement metrics in HCD+ASRH programming and the processes of implementing them.


We want to understand the most effective and meaningful ways in which youth are engaged in ASRH programs and how HCD plays a role in that.


We want to understand how HCD processes are fit to purpose in ASRH programming and how practitioners address quality and standards within the HCD process.

Glossary of Terms

Definitions for words we often use in the HCD+ASRH field / you will often hear at HCDExchange events or in posts

Human-Centered Design

Human-centered design (HCD) 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 and stakeholders within their environment and context


An adolescent is a person who is between the ages of 10 and 19.

Adolescent Insights

Information that ASRH practitioners and designers can use to obtain a more nuanced understanding of the target population – more specifically adolescent needs, mindsets, aspirations, desires, and preferences. Experts highlight that insights generated through HCD are thought to produce ‘new’ knowledge that will add value to the wider body of knowledge around adolescent sexual reproductive health.

Quality and Standards

Practitioners applying human-centered design (HCD) on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) are forging a new path of solution development for young people by combining two distinct sectors. The relative nascency of this practice has resulted in a lack of robust evidence to determine what are quality approaches to design and implementation that achieve ASRH outcomes. We, as a Community of Practice, are presented with unique opportunity to determine what quality looks like when applying HCD to ASRH programming.

Meaningful Youth Engagement

Meaningful youth engagement (MYE) means that youth have power, and that adults know when to step back into supportive, facilitative roles. This is embodied by the HCDExchange’s Youth Leadership Hub.

Youth Integration

This is the practice of involving young people (aged 10 – 24) in the design and the implementation of HCD+ASRH