"How Might We" Questions

What is this?
Framing your policy design challenge as a “how might we” question will help you begin to generate ideas. They are another cornerstone of human-centered design and the gateway to creating solution ideas. 


When should I use this?
You’ll formulate a “how might we” question when you shift from articulating a design challenge to generating potential solutions. Do this before brainstorming.


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Translating your research findings into “how might we” questions gives you a way to frame your design work. It might seem simple, but striking the right balance between a question broad enough to allow for multiple solutions and a question narrow enough to keep you focused takes some practice. An education policy-related “how might we” question could be, “How might we get more African-American men interested in the teaching profession?”