When choices don’t match preferences: Better family planning through behavioral design

Written by: Elizabeth McElwee, Senior Associate, and Emily Zimmerman, Managing Director, ideas42 Thanks to global efforts, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services have made great strides. However, many people still do not…

New website highlights evidence for social and behavior change impact

Written by: Olivia Carlson, Program Officer Are you looking for peer-reviewed literature that shows what works in social and behavior change (SBC)? Do you need evidence to back up your advocacy work for greater investment in SBC? Or maybe…

In Honor of World Breastfeeding Week: Interpreting Baby's Cries

By: Eirene Wang, Nicole Russo, and Emily Zimmerman The World Health Organization estimates that increasing rates of breastfeeding could save more than 800,000 lives every year. Exclusively breastfeeding for six months significantly reduces…

Using SBC to Transform Gender Norms: An Intervention to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Written by: Olivia Carlson, Program Officer Taking action to improve gender equity in health and to address women’s rights to health is one of the most direct and potent ways to reduce health inequities and ensure effective use of health…
,

Is Better Measurement the Key to Increased Investment in Social and Behavior Change for Family Planning in Francophone West Africa?

Written by: Liselle Yorke and Leanne Dougherty Access and demand are crucial levers in family planning programming but “understanding how these two are linked and when each should be prioritized is difficult,” note Michelle Weinberger,…

Message Framework for Advocating for SBC in Family Planning Programs Now Updated!

Written by: Beth Mallalieu, Senior Program Officer Breakthrough ACTION recently updated its “Message Framework for Advocating for Social and Behavior Change in Family Planning Programs” to include new evidence and supporting points to…

Designing for Provider Behavior Change: Developing Solutions to Provider-side Barriers to Quality Care

Written by: Allison Schachter and Stephanie Levy, ideas42 A growing focus on provider behavior in global health programming has generated interest in further understanding and addressing barriers to providing quality care. Breakthrough ACTION…

Same Information, Different Order: Testing Before Consultation to Improve Protocol Adherence

Written by: Sriram Sridharan, Faraz Haqqi, Angela Acosta, Temitope Ogunbi, and Eno Idiong When treating suspected malaria cases, providers at many Nigerian health facilities often base treatments on their own clinical diagnosis, regardless…
,

Compass for SBC “Spotlight” on Breakthrough RESEARCH

As USAID’s flagship social and behavior change (SBC) research and evaluation project, Breakthrough RESEARCH—a consortium led by the Population Council that includes Avenir Health, ideas42, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown…

Getting Back to Good Health Faster

Written by: Janine Kuehlich Tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable disease—with some symptoms very similar to that of COVID-19—that is killing nearly 1.5 million people worldwide and affecting 10 million people every year. The…