YOU at College is excited to announce that a case study published by the BerkeleyHaas School of Business titled “Hope and Grit: How Human-Centered Product Design Enhanced Student Mental Health” has been awarded the 2023 Best Case Award. The Case Study focused on YOU at College’s partnership with Hopelab – a social innovation lab focused on the mental health of young people – to develop Nod as a first-of-its-kind tool design to address and buffer the loneliness and depression of college students.
Highlighting Nod as a “tech for good” project, this unique case study showcases how a unique human-centered design process allowed Nod to bring the core needs of users to the forefront. In designing an app that college students needed to help them with loneliness and isolation, Nod also had the added benefits of addressing depression, anxiety, and retention for institutions of higher education. Through the application of systems thinking, Nod was able to address the psychological underpinnings of loneliness and depression, helping to improve target outcomes for diverse student populations. Check out some feedback on the case study below: