Principle 6: Engage the ecosystem of influencers

Please use this thread to discuss your experiences, challenges, and successes with Principle 6 in your current work, and how you hope to use it in your future work! How can we work and advocate to ensure we are achieving this principle in our programs?

Explanation: Project teams need to take into consideration the broader ecosystem in which young peole live and engage the stakeholders within that ecosystem. Involving government and community stakeholders early in the design process increases the perceived value of the project and can pave the way toward sustainability of the intervention. Additionally, project teams need to consult with key influencers in young people’s lives (e.g., parents, teachers, romantic partners) in order to increase the robustness of the solution concepts and the likelihood of solution uptake by the intended beneficiary.