Dealing with the worldwide panic about Coronavirus: Providing advice, fighting stigma, dispelling information

Written by: Susan Leibtag, Compass Curator When a frightening new disease suddenly emerges, the global medical and public health communities snap to attention and try to determine how to slow and, ultimately, stop it from spreading. Social…

Press 1 for yes, 2 for no. Using Interactive Voice Response for Social and Behavior Change Programs

Written by: Susan Leibtag, Compass Curator It’s not often that an “old” technology resurfaces and gains fans—in our world of rapid technological growth we often dismiss older solutions and move on to the shinier, newer systems. Yet…

Integrating SBC Across Sectors: Barriers, Enablers, and New Tools to Find Resources

Written by: Sriram Sridharan, Associate, and Stephanie Levy, Senior Associate, ideas42 Well-established linkages between outcomes in family planning (FP) and other development sectors can be leveraged by integrated social and behavior change…

Reflections from the CORE Group Conference: How Does Breakthrough RESEARCH’s Work Respond to Practitioner Priorities?

Written by: Abigail Sellman In October, I had the privilege of attending the first annual CORE Group Global Health Practitioner Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s conference theme was “Leverage, Link, and Learn for Community Health.”…

New Social and Behavior Change Indicator Bank for Family Planning and Service Delivery

Written by: Shannon Conlon, Senior Associate Indicators measuring social and behavior change (SBC) for service delivery are often not standardized, making it difficult for smaller implementing partners to identify indicators, as well as limiting…

Harnessing Behavioral Design to Improve Maternal Care in Zambia

Written by: Jill Chanley, Jana Smith, and Rachel Yavinsky Recently, Breakthrough RESEARCH, under work led by ideas42, applied behavioral design to assess the behavioral challenges that prevent providers in Zambia from providing respectful…

Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH Resources from the USAID Zika Response

Written by: Alex Reed and Reshma Naik In 2016, USAID launched a response to prevent the transmission and spread of Zika, a once little-known virus spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, person to person through sexual…

Cutting through the confusion: Prioritizing behavioral messages and calls to action

Written by: Alice Payne Merritt, CCP Deputy Director When Zika first appeared in Brazil and spread quickly through the Americas, dozens of governments and partners grappled with how to help families protect themselves from the mosquito that…

Faire progresser le champ des mesures pour le CSC

Par : Erin Portillo, Responsable de programme II Mesurer adéquatement les déterminants sociaux et comportementaux est essentiel pour créer de puissants programmes de changement social et de comportement. Cependant, cette surveillance est…

Advancing the Field of Measurement for SBC

Written by: Erin Portillo, Program Officer II Adequately measuring social and behavioral determinants is key to creating strong social and behavior change (SBC) programs. However, doing so is an ever-evolving art and a primary area of focus…