Lifehack Report

Lifehack Fellows brainstorm barriers and opportunities around wellbeing.

Lifehack Fellows brainstorm barriers and opportunities around wellbeing.

Fellows create journey maps for specific impact goals.

Fellows create journey maps for specific impact goals.

Lifehack experiments with new approaches to enabling youth wellbeing at the intersection of health and wellbeing science, design, technology and social entrepreneurship. As a youth wellbeing innovation platform where people from different parts of the system come together and learn, share and develop new approaches, projects and ventures, Lifehack maintains young people’s wellbeing at the centre of the process. Their team works alongside young people, whānau (Māori; wider family), communities, individuals and organizations that work with young people--supporting them to develop solutions to the challenges they see around them.

Supported by New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development, the Lifehack team has developed its programming over the last three years using a social innovation labs model. Its signature fellowship program, the Flourishing Fellowship, is in its third year of building people’s capability to create positive change while building a network and movement of changemakers with the geographic and sectoral reach to radically improve youth wellbeing. 

For its 2016 cohort, Lifehack worked with Thicket Labs to use data-driven design thinking activities to design a framework for quantitative feedback-based evaluation. We saw how the process unearthed new strategic insights for program improvement and led to a deeper understanding of how network effects are influencing the Fellows' collective impact.

Read the report, which includes new interactive visualizations for distilling insights from design thinking activities accompanied by a discussion of how to use design thinking to gather feedback and how to connect those qualitative insights to quantitative evaluations. We also talk about why traditional evaluation may need to adapt to apply to social innovation lab programs. 

Deepthi Welaratna