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…

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…

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…

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…