Now you have several different challenge areas and you need to decide what to focus on. You can not solve everything at once, so it is time to prioritize a problem that you can then start generating solutions for.
1. Collect your "how could we" questions
From the previous step on "how could we" questions, you should now have several different challenges to work on. For example: "How could we connect young people living in the same district so that they can meet new friends?" and 'how can we help young people feel safe even when it's dark outside?'
Put your "how could we" questions in front of you and then move on to the next step.
2. Make a scale
Now you need to decide how to prioritize your "how could we" questions so you can choose which ones to focus on. To do this, you will make a simple scale.
There are many different ways to decide what to base your priorities on, but it is often easiest and most important to start by focusing on the target audience.
Draw a vertical line in the middle of a large piece of paper. Write "largest" at the top and "smallest" at the bottom. If you have other scales that you feel are more important to base your prioritization on, you can use these instead. But do not forget what is most important to the target group and what creates value for them.
Place your post-it notes on the scale based on which you think is most important to solve, from your target group's perspective. If you do this as a group, it may be helpful to discuss each “how could we” question while placing them.
It can also be helpful to compare them with each other. For example, if you have placed one in the middle, is the next "how could we" question more or less important for your target audience? Once you have placed everything on the scale - think about whether you think someone should change places.
Proceed to the next step when you are done.
Now you simply need to decide which of the issues you want to work on and generate solutions to.
It is probably logical to choose one from the top of the scale, but it may be that others near the top feel more important to try to solve first.
Make a decision and then move on to the next step in the guide to start generating ideas on how to solve your problem area.