Our collaborative approach

We partner with extraordinary social change organizations serving in marginalized contexts to develop community-centered programs that support mental health and wellbeing.


Our collaborative approach

We partner with extraordinary social change organizations in marginalized contexts to develop community-centered programs that support mental health and wellbeing.


We work in sectors like education, workforce development, gender equity and youth leadership, and collaborate to take initiatives from initial concept to lasting impact. Your teams have access to our leadership support, strategic advising, evaluation support, and clinical experience.

A deep-dive into our approach

1. Listening & needs assessment

 

We work with your organization and community to understand and define the problem you’re looking to address.

Through deep empathetic exploration, we delve deeply into participant needs and goals, fostering motivation and engagement. This includes initial needs assessments, focus groups, and interviews.

Listening & needs assessment
Program co-design & pilot

2. Program co-design & pilot

 

Using our findings and human-centered design, we co-create a pilot program centered on participants’ context, values and wellbeing needs.

Each subsequent year, we create clear goals for the partnership to help expand on the pilot and prepare for growth and accessibility. This often involves training or replication by ecosystem partners.

3. Locally-led implementation & capacity building

 

We support your teams by convening local like-minded leaders, the input of experts with relevant experience, and our own accompaniment and support.

As your impact grows, we help shape long-term strategies. This includes team development, revenue generation, securing grants, stakeholder training, and much more.

Locally-led implementation
Impact measurement & learning

4. Impact measurement & learning 

 

Each partnership is required to measure effectiveness and adapt as needed.

This involves approachable developmental and summative evaluation strategies to grasp the true impact of our efforts and refine the program according to our learnings.

A deep-dive into our approach

Listening & needs assessment

1. Listening & needs assessment

We work with your organization and community to understand and define the problem you’re looking to address.

Through deep empathetic exploration, we delve deeply into participant needs and goals, fostering motivation and engagement. This includes initial needs assessments, focus groups, and interviews.

Program co-design & pilot

2. Program co-design & pilot

Using our findings and human-centered design, we co-create a pilot program centered on participants’ context, values and wellbeing needs.

Each subsequent year, we create clear goals for the partnership to help expand on the pilot and prepare for growth and accessibility. This often involves training or replication by ecosystem partners.

Locally-led implementation & capacity building

3. Locally-led implementation & capacity building

We support your teams by convening local like-minded leaders, the input of experts with relevant experience, and our own accompaniment and support.

As your impact grows, we help shape long-term strategies. This includes team development, revenue generation, securing grants, stakeholder training, and much more.

Impact measurement & learning

4. Impact measurement & learning

Each partnership is required to measure effectiveness and adapt as needed.

This involves approachable developmental and summative evaluation strategies to grasp the true impact of our efforts and refine the program according to our learnings.

Our partnership principles

 

 

1. Multi-lens approach

We combine psychological expertise and clinical experience with human-centered design to address problems in low-resource contexts.

 

2. Locally-led

We work with leaders embedded in local communities to design for community participation and ownership. Initiatives are created to last beyond Brio’s involvement, achieving systems-change and local partnership with government and civil society.

3. Holistic mental health promotion

We emphasize mental health prevention and promotion, creating cross-diagnostic interventions that inclusively support and benefit the community as a whole, reducing overall need for treatment.

 

 

4. Tailored support

We fine-tune our strategies, processes, and tools across partnerships, and customize our support and services to the participants’ needs.

 

 

5. Long-term focus

We leverage a multi-year time horizon for partnership growth, evaluation, refinement, and long-term impact.

Our partnership principles

Multi-lens approach

Multi-lens approach

We combine psychological expertise and clinical experience with human-centered design to address problems in low-resource contexts.

Locally-led

Locally-led

We work with leaders embedded in local communities to design for community participation and ownership. Initiatives are created to last beyond Brio’s involvement, achieving systems-change and local partnership with government and civil society.

Holistic mental health

Holistic mental health promotion

We emphasize mental health prevention and promotion, creating cross-diagnostic interventions that inclusively support and benefit the community as a whole, reducing overall need for treatment.

Tailored support

Tailored support

We fine-tune our strategies, processes, and tools across partnerships, and customize our support and services to the participants’ needs.

Long-term focus

Long-term focus

We leverage a multi-year time horizon for partnership growth, evaluation, refinement, and long-term impact.

Our values

Interdependency of communities

Interdependency of communities

Mental health and wellbeing benefit not just individuals, but also their communities. We believe that healing and resilience are developed in the presence and accountability of others. Our solutions are informed and empowered by the local community.

Mutuality of compassion

Mutuality of compassion

Healing is not a transaction from one person to another. It’s the joy of finding strength and peace in each other. We constantly learn from the people we serve, and are inspired by their wisdom, love, and hope.

Proximity to vulnerability

Proximity to vulnerability

It is impossible to make a thoughtful impact in the communities of strangers. We join in solidarity with local teams who are experts in their contexts and deeply committed to long-term transformation.

Our values

Interdependency of communities

Interdependency of communities

Mental health and wellbeing benefit not just individuals, but also their communities. We believe that healing and resilience are developed in the presence and accountability of others. Our solutions are informed and empowered by the local community.

Mutuality of compassion

Mutuality of compassion

Healing is not a transaction from one person to another. It’s the joy of finding strength and peace in each other. We constantly learn from the people we serve, and are inspired by their wisdom, love, and hope.

Proximity to vulnerability

Proximity to vulnerability

It is impossible to make a thoughtful impact in the communities of strangers. We join in solidarity with local teams who are experts in their contexts and deeply committed to long-term transformation.

"We can’t change our past, what has already happened to us. But this mental health program has allowed us to think about today and tomorrow— and choose to live life in a new way."

 

— Syedah, Rohingya community leader, Malaysia

"Brio has brought that strategy and tools and we find so many ways to present or deal with a subject in a way that allows us to reach the kids and offer them support and company. It is not only how to deal with problems but how you approach life and become more conscious of yourself and others.”

 

— Juan Guillermo Ocampo, Amadeus Fundación, Colombia

"Brio has been a significant support for us as a mentor, as a thinking partner that not only listens but helps you in pushing your own boundaries, and provides with a safe space to design possibilities to create transforming realities for communities."

 

— Pallavi, Kshamtalaya Foundation, India

"We can’t change our past, what has already happened to us. But this mental health program has allowed us to think about today and tomorrow— and choose to live life in a new way."

 

— Syedah, Rohingya community leader, Malaysia

"Brio has brought that strategy and tools and we find so many ways to present or deal with a subject in a way that allows us to reach the kids and offer them support and company. It is not only how to deal with problems but how you approach life and become more conscious of yourself and others.”

 

— Juan Guillermo Ocampo, Amadeus Fundación, Colombia

"Brio has been a significant support for us as a mentor, as a thinking partner that not only listens but helps you in pushing your own boundaries, and provides with a safe space to design possibilities to create transforming realities for communities."

 

— Pallavi, Kshamtalaya Foundation, India

Let’s work together