My Best Life


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Making it easier for young people to find support

Kathryn Dingle

For the last few years we have been researching, prototyping and now devleoping a web app to help answer the question, how might we make it easier for young people to find support and opportunities in their local area using digital solutions? I just wanted to share a little update before the easter weekend… Today we held our monthly young person steering group, made up of young people from across England. In the session we explored the latest updates to the web app and did some card sorting exercises to explore how young people categories opportunities. Whilst reflecting at the… Read more “Making it easier for young people to find support”

About My Best Life

Nicola Pritchard

Reimagining how young people discover and access services and opportunities in their local area. Many young people today, and particularly those living in poverty, face multiple challenges: high likelihood of insecure and inadequate housing, poor employment prospects relative to their wealthier peers, and a higher probability of substance misuse and mental health problems later in life, to name just a few.  And yet, our research has shown young people find it hard to find adequate support, and when they do, it rarely feels ‘for them’.  My Best Life (MBL) is NPC’s collaborative project trying to tackle this problem. We are… Read more “About My Best Life”

Calling all youth sector folk!

Nicola Pritchard

Are you a charity or youth worker that supports young people aged 15-18? Are you interested in exploring ways to help young people discover services and opportunities that are relevant and interesting to them? If so, we’d love to hear from you! As part of our My Best Life programme we are developing a web app to connect young people to services and opportunities near them. To do this, we need the help of as many charities and youth workers as we can, both to help us make sure that our app is useful to young people, and also to… Read more “Calling all youth sector folk!”

Weeknote w/c 1st March 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We ran a Steering Group meeting with our charity partners to update them on the progress of the product (the app). We had some interesting discussions together about how we might improve our data and buy-in and where we might go next. We caught up with Lambeth Council, who offered to introduce us to their Young Advisors programme. We had an internal scoping session where we thought about the next steps for the app and how we might work on our business plan. What we’re thinking about This past week has been focused on discussions of how… Read more “Weeknote w/c 1st March 2021”

User-led bug testing works!

Kathryn Dingle

The team has been hard at work developing our progressive web app and we are so pleased to say we now have the start of our app! As with all new pieces of tech there bugs (Not the creepy crawly kind, but small errors or mistakes in the software which mean it doesn’t do want we wanted it to do!)  Some are really obvious such a janky layout or a button not appearing on certain pages and some are harder to find, such as a specific option within a filter that doesn’t appear to work. So how do you find… Read more “User-led bug testing works!”

Data entry: The successes, the challenges, and why we’re doing My Best Life

Rose Anderson

We’ve started our Alpha sprint, and the app’s development is coming along nicely! Alongside this, we’re continuing with data entry, finding information about services for young people in Lambeth and recording it in a spreadsheet ready to be transferred into our app. This blog will share some of the challenges we’ve experienced. Categorising support and activities There are currently twelve categories that we use to describe the services on the app, with each service coming under one or two categories: Money School and college Sex and relationships Mental health Keeping safe Job stuff Where I’m living Friends Family Drink and… Read more “Data entry: The successes, the challenges, and why we’re doing My Best Life”

What is the role of gatekeepers in My Best Life?

Rose Anderson

We at NPC are thinking about ways to promote the My Best Life app, via the platforms on which charities are already listed (such as the Lambeth Council website), or through schools, or by investment in marketing or promotion. As our recent weeknotes have explained, we want to better understand how to introduce the app and how young people might get started with it. That’s included considering the role of ‘gatekeepers’ (such as youth workers) that young people might already know. How will young people learn about the app? Finding the app is crucial to young people having access to… Read more “What is the role of gatekeepers in My Best Life?”

Weeknote w/c 18th January 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We continued the process of data entry, amending our spreadsheet with more categories to cover a wider range of services. We had a great check-in with Lambeth Council. They connected us to another database (mapping youth organisations in the borough) that might be able to help us. They also said they would talk to three local groups of young people to see if they’d be willing to help us with user testing. We ran a Young Person Steering Group and received great feedback on the look and feel of the app, such as the colours and fonts.… Read more “Weeknote w/c 18th January 2021”

Usability testing – onboarding for our app

Kathryn Dingle

In November 2020 we ran a series of usability tests with young people. We wanted to explore two different routes to onboarding of our app. We were interested in testing which of two different options young people preferred to get to know young people’s needs. Our aims: To understand how we can help young people find the support and opportunities that they need. To understand how we can present these to young people. The prototypes we have tested: Quiz style: an interactive quiz that gets to know young people’s needs and interests (like Pinterest or Headspace) Filtering: similar to exosting… Read more “Usability testing – onboarding for our app”

Data entry: How it’s going so far

Rose Anderson

As the New Year progresses, we’re pushing ahead and planning for the Alpha development of the My Best Life app, which means developing our data model. It’s an exciting time for us! The app is beginning to be brought to life, and now we can start to see if the theoretical benefits we’d anticipated play out in practice. Last week, we had a couple of online sessions with our digital partner Neon Tribe, where we explored data modelling and defined the fields for data entry. We discussed the information we thought young people would need, and then we prioritised the… Read more “Data entry: How it’s going so far”