New website highlights evidence for social and behavior change impact

Behavior Change Impact: Evidence in Action
Written by: Olivia Carlson, Program Officer, Breakthrough ACTION

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 you’re just interested in how others have successfully used SBC to change health behaviors. You can now find all of that and more in, a new Breakthrough ACTION website that compiles evidence of the impact of SBC in family planning, reproductive empowerment, reproductive health of urban youth, malaria, and HIV.

The website draws from peer-reviewed journals and grey literature and can easily be searched to help you find the evidence you need to advocate for SBC. Each entry includes a brief description of the intervention, select results for quick review, and a link to the full article or report. The studies included document a broad range of interventions that utilize SBC approaches, including mass media, interpersonal communication, community mobilization, and mobile and digital media.

The website also houses evidence briefs that highlight key evidence on family planning; the impact SBC can have when implemented before, during, and after service delivery; and how SBC has been used to meet the reproductive health needs of youth. All of these briefs are available in both English and French.

Are you interested in helping grow the body of SBC evidence? You can submit peer-reviewed journal articles or reports highlighting the impact of SBC and its role in achieving positive health outcomes directly on the website.