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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,…
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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…

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.”…

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…

New Breakthrough ACTION Resource: Social and Behavior Change Checklist for Costed Implementation Plans

Written by: Jvania Cabiness, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer II Well-planned, well-funded, and effectively implemented social and behavior change (SBC) initiatives are critical to fulfilling Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) pledges. Breakthrough…
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New Advocacy Tool Offers Guidance and Opportunity for Exchange in Male Engagement in Family Planning

Written by: Erin Portillo, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer II In family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs around the world, there is growing attention to the association between gender inequalities and health outcomes…

Radically Reducing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Mortality in Northern Nigeria

Written by: Abolade Oladejo, Documentation & Knowledge Management Officer Losing a newborn baby is devastating. Losing three babies in succession like Miriam (not her real name), a mother in Northern Nigeria did, is a tragedy. In this…

Social and Behavior Change for Postpartum Family Planning

Written by: Cori Fordham, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer Offering modern contraception as part of maternal health services has been shown to increase postpartum contraceptive use, as well as to prevent unintended pregnancies and pregnancies…

Accelerating Family Planning Demand Through Advanced Audience Segmentation

Written by: Cori Fordham, Breakthrough ACTION Program Officer Effective social and behavior change (SBC) strategies start with a strong understanding of their audiences. SBC practitioners use a process called segmentation to analyze and divide…

If you liked Springboard, you’ll love the NEW Springboard

Written by: Susan Leibtag, Compass Curator For over 8,000 members, Springboard—the social and behavior change (SBC) online community funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—has become a virtual community…