Learning how learning can work better

Client: World Vision Cambodia

World Vision have a 3 year curriculum for young people in Cambodia, and it's part of a huge shift in empowerment for Cambodia's youth. To make sure it was as effective as possible, we took the existing curriculum and worked directly with users to help them identify the changes that were needed, and test solutions before designing training that would roll out the changes nationwide.

How we helped

Cambodia has a growing, youthful and talented population. To develop the potential of Cambodia's youth, World Vision created the Youth for Change curriculum, a multi-year program of activities and training, to be delivered by young Cambodians with the support of World Vision staff. We helped World Vision to work out youth leaders' challenges and strengths when using the Youth for Change curriculum.

We provided:

Human-centered design (HCD) testing for curriculum sessions
Participant-led ideation for changes to the curriculum
Iterative updates and testing for changes
Analysis and reporting on needs and barriers

Using the Growth Framework to empower youth:


Research is vital to good insight, and we wanted to get to work with participants as soon as possible. We worked with them, and with World Vision staff, to design simple activities to test the principles behind the curriculum, and assess the curriculum content as it stood.


Working with the youth leaders who will use the curriculum over the next several years, we ran and observed sample sessions, facilitated debriefing with a range of stakeholders, and made recommendations for changes to address the needs we saw. We then worked with different groups to re-test, learn further, and finalise our recommendations, across three provinces in Cambodia.

Throughout the process, we worked to make sure that our process could benefit the staff and stakeholders we were working with. As experts in HCD, we want to teach people the tools and techniques that can help them to continue to develop and improve their programs, and take ownership of their outcomes. We trained staff and young people in rapid, iterative techniques for reviewing and improving their work.