We worked with more than 100 families in Marion, South Australia, to co-develop the Family by Family solution.
Instead of beginning with a predetermined outcome or established program, we asked: what would be a good result for people?
To answer that, we spent time with families, learning what motivates them, what excites them, what works for them.
We then used a process called prototyping, which involves trying out ideas by testing them with real families until we found something that worked. We listened to the families – the adults and the children – about what worked for them and what didn’t.
That sometimes meant throwing ideas out as quickly as we came up with them. But by creating with families rather than creating for families, we’ve all worked together to develop something that truly works for families.