Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Past Design Challenges


The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation conducts an annual Design Challenge to address complex problems for which traditional approaches and systems have proven ineffective. The Foundation along with two Masters of Public Health Candidates use a combination of key-informant interviews, focus groups, online polling and literature review to identify a pressing behavioral health issue that needs to be addressed by the larger community. The stakeholder input that is received during the process is extremely helpful for the purpose of narrowing the focus of the challenge. Once the specific area of focus is chosen, the Foundation identifies a community organization that agrees to be the implementation site for the solution developed during the Design Challenge.

The Design Challenge is opened to the community in order to solicit a multitude of feasible, replicable, and sustainable solutions through a crowdsourcing process. The Foundation identifies the problem, but ultimately it is the community that produces an implementable solution.

The Scattergood Design Challenge fosters disruptive innovations by involving previously excluded parties and requiring established entities to think differently. Once a design challenge winner emerges through the crowdsourcing phase, a crowdfunding stage ensues to provide funding for the winning intervention. 

Learn about the past Design Challenges below

2013-2014: Behavioral Health Services in Retail Clinics

Problem Statement: The 2013-2014 Design Challenge is exploring the most effective avenue to integrate mental health care into retail clinics. An American Heart Association (AHA) report stated to improve the quality of mental health care in the United States actions must be taken, which includes:
  1. Improving public awareness of effective treatment
  2. Making it easier to find the care needed and access to it
  3. Reducing the financial barriers to treatment.           

2012-2013: Depression on College Campuses

Problem Statement: The 2012-2013 Design Challenge is seeking ideas that your student organization could implement that would improve help-seeking behaviors among students on your college campus. Studies indicate that two-thirds of college students with diagnosable behavioral health conditions do not receive help.

2011-2012:  Mental Health First Aid Implementation across the City of Philadelphia

Problem Statement: This Design Challenge will seek out ways to maximize the impact of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services (DBHIDS) Mental Health First Aid initiative.  Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that teaches the public how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

For inquires about the past design challenges please email Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking