My Best Life


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Weeknote w/c 2nd August 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’ve created a first draft of the analysis framework, and we’ve started to input our findings from market testing interviews into it. We’ll continue to tweak the framework if it will help us to better capture our findings. We’ve been speaking to lots of organisations about our learning to date and the future of our app. On Thursday 5th, we spoke to the Youth Fund Learning Network about sharing our learning with over 120+ youth organisations. We’re also exploring how existing technology could support our app. If you have some technology that might help, please do get… Read more “Weeknote w/c 2nd August 2021”

App Testers Wanted!

Rose Anderson

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 young people as possible, to help us make sure that our app is useful to them. We’re on the lookout for young people aged… Read more “App Testers Wanted!”

Weeknote w/c 26th July 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’ve been taking some time to plan how we take stock of all the work we’ve done to date. As part of this, we’re moving all our notes from our user testing sessions into one place, ready for us to review with the analysis framework. What we’re thinking about In the next few weeks, we’re hoping to get started with the analysis of the user testing interviews we’ve done so far. This will involve setting up a spreadsheet for the analysis framework and inputting the findings from our interviews into it. To ensure we have enough respondents… Read more “Weeknote w/c 26th July 2021”

Weeknote w/c 19th July 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’ve been in contact with different service providers about their listings on the app, asking them to check that the information we have about their programmes is accurate. We’ve also invited them to tell us about any services we haven’t included yet. What we’re thinking about User testing has already given us some useful insights about the app, but we’re hoping to reach even more young people, especially in Lambeth. We’re on the lookout for young people aged 15-18 based in Lambeth to take part in a 45-minute interview to test the app, in exchange for a… Read more “Weeknote w/c 19th July 2021”

Weeknote w/c 12th July 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’re continuing to gather data about the app from young people, and soon we’ll be able to start synthesising and analysing the interviews and looking for key themes. What we’re thinking about When we asked young people if they had any ideas about how to advertise the app, quite a few suggested putting adverts in physical spaces that young people frequently use, such as bus stops. To build on that, we’re thinking of creating a bus advert with a QR code that young people can scan, which would take them to the app. We could implement a… Read more “Weeknote w/c 12th July 2021”

How can My Best Life collaborate with other apps?

Rose Anderson

Earlier in June, My Best Life organised an online “Demo Day” with three other youth app providers: MeeToo, Local Village Network (LVN) and Youth Card. The aim of the day was to learn more about each other’s apps, think about the similarities and differences between them, and consider ways in which we might work together in the future. Opportunities for Collaboration In the first part of the Demo Day, the four youth app providers gave short presentations introducing their apps. After this, we had an in-depth discussion building on the features of our apps and the potential to collaborate. Data… Read more “How can My Best Life collaborate with other apps?”

Weeknote w/c 7th June 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’ve run four user testing sessions with young people since going live last week, with our partner UK Youth busy booking in more sessions over the next two weeks. We’ve spoken to Leap Confronting Conflict about collaborating with their Leap Ambassadors programme to test the app. We’ve been putting the final plans in place for our Demo Day taking place on Monday, where four youth app providers—LVN, Mee Too, Youth Card, and My Best Life (NPC’s programme)—and a range of observers will be coming together to share learning and explore ways to collaborate. We’ve been updating our… Read more “Weeknote w/c 7th June 2021”

Weeknote w/c 31st May 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We launched our app in Beta! We have a new logo and a new domain (https://mybestlife.app/) and we’re amazed at how far we’ve come since the project began. You can read a brief history of My Best Life here. We confirmed our user testing script, which aims to explore which aspects of the web app allow young people to increase their awareness of activities and support in their local area. We had our first interview with a young person to test the app. We are speaking to a range of young people from different backgrounds to understand… Read more “Weeknote w/c 31st May 2021”

My Best Life Launch!

Rose Anderson

  Today, the My Best Life app is being launched in Beta! Check it out here: https://mybestlife.app/ We’ve come a long way since the project began, and now is the perfect time to reflect on our journey. We’ve committed to working in the open and have been posting short blog pieces throughout the project. Here, we bring together our thinking across three years of work. The initial research This project began in 2018, when NPC worked with young people in Camden to understand what helped them to live the life they wanted, and what barriers stood in the way. The… Read more “My Best Life Launch!”

Weeknote w/c 24th May 2021

Rose Anderson

What we did We’ve set a date for our Demo Day. We’ll be joined by LVN, Mee Too and Youth Card to discuss our digital products for young people and explore the ways in which we might learn and collaborate. We’ve been working on the agenda this week. We’re arranging our next Young Person Steering Group meeting for June, where we can show them how the app looked when they started working on it and what it looks like now. We’re hoping to do a bit of evaluation with them so that we can get their feedback on the co-design… Read more “Weeknote w/c 24th May 2021”