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…

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…

Richer and Faster Data Analysis to Inform SBC Zika Program Design in an Outbreak

Written by: Anne Ballard Sara, Program Officer II; Tilly Gurman, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer; Sean Maloney, Program Officer; and Gabrielle Hunter, Zika Technical Team Lead Despite the need for quick action during an outbreak…

Answering Critical Social and Behavior Change Questions to Advance the Field and Improve Population-Based Behavior Change

Written by: Breakthrough RESEARCH Tremendous strides have been made in social and behavior change (SBC) programming. SBC programs “raise awareness, reduce misinformation, and address the barriers that prevent individuals, families, and…

Gender: An Update and a Challenge

Written by: Joanna Skinner, Breakthrough ACTION Population and Reproductive Health Team Lead The evidence continues to gather on the importance of integrating gender into all health and development work. The recent Lancet series on gender…

Zika’s Silent Threat: Prioritized Behaviors Are Key to Preventing Future Outbreaks of Aedes Aegypti-Borne Diseases

Written by: Deborah Mesce and Reshma Naik, Breakthrough RESEARCH Zika sent waves of panic through the Americas in 2015 and 2016 when the little-known virus was linked to serious birth defects and other neurological disorders. At the height…

Participating in Life-Changing Decisions: The Value of Community Engagement

A community meeting is called.  Everyone gathers together, anxious to discuss how they can help themselves. Before long, hands are raised, questions are asked, and the conversation becomes lively. “Well, it sounds good that we can improve…