Making Digital
Healthier and
More Beautiful
for Young People
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Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information from a large number of participants. We choose to use crowdsourcing to make our research more accessible, just, and equitable for the communities we work with and for.

research tool that identifies fundamental contributors to adolescent wellbeing in digital spaces.

The tool was created based on the realization that digital landscapes weren't designed with youth wellbeing in mind. To identify the most promising areas for improvement, we surveyed more than 800 people working to improve youth wellbeing from Headstream’s community of entrepreneurs, innovators, youth, investors, researchers, policy makers, educators and builders.

From this research, we identified 13 of the

root factors

Root factors are the underlying actions, feelings, situations and other experiences that contribute positively and negatively to a topic

with the highest potential to impact young people between the ages of 13 and 24. These 13

catalytic factors

Catalytic Factors are the root factors that have the highest leverage on the system at large. These are the factors that we believe will have the greatest influence on the current state of youth wellbeing.

grouped into three core areas:

Positive Relationships

Strong relationships among parents, peers, and social groups provide young people withsupport through tough times and space to grow into their identity and thrive.

Accessible Resources

Providing young people with trusted information and resources is crucial for their development as they encounter new challenges while growing up.

Balanced Content

Digital places and experiences have very few boundaries; it’s easy to interact with digital content all the time. Balanced content recognizes the need for increased awareness of why, when, how, what to post, and to consume.

Prioritizing these three areas when building digital experiences provides the strongest opportunity to support adolescent wellbeing.

Digital Delta is the optimum tool for innovators, investors, and institutions interested in a research-based approach to making digital places healthier and more beautiful.

Explore the Data

Learn about our process and explore Digital Delta’s interactive data map

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Why this Matters

Digital Delta takes the guesswork out of transforming the digital ecosystem. This tool empowers market participants to focus their collective energy on a common set of goals to guide individual contributions towards building a more positive and beautiful digital world.

How Do I Get Involved?

Learn more about what you can do, the community and youth leaders who shaped our thinking

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answers on how the root factors relate to each other
of the data came from young people
community members participated
of participants identify as female
of participants are LGBTQIIA+ individuals
of the data came from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and people of color