Applying Human-Centered Design to Improve Nutrition Programming

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Human-centered design is a way of thinking that places both the people that programs serve and related stakeholders at the center of the design and implementation process. With emphasis on research, ideation, iteration, and prototyping, this process seeks to achieve novel solutions to complex problems. While there are many different HCD processes, all of them, at their core, are rooted in empathy: a comprehensive understanding of the stakeholder(s) involved in the challenge at hand.

This course aims to support social and behavior change programs by providing an overview of how to use HCD to address nutrition-related behavioral challenges. By understanding the key steps and methods applied in each step, learners will gain a deeper understanding of how HCD can add value to their work and access a set of practical tools they can immediately put to use to develop, support, and refine nutrition programs.