Costing is the process of data collection and analysis for estimating the cost of a health intervention. High-quality cost data on social and behavior change (SBC) are critical not only for developing budgets, planning, and assessing program proposals, but can also feed into advocacy, program prioritization, and agenda setting. To better serve these data needs, the Guidelines for Costing of Social and Behavior Change Health Interventions aim to increase the quantity and quality of SBC costing information.

Breakthrough RESEARCH, through work led by Avenir Health, has collated the SBC cost data identified in the literature into an SBC Cost Repository, which is available as a filterable workbook of all identified SBC costs. Additionally, the unit SBC costs are included in the Global Health Cost Consortium’s Unit Cost Study Repository ( These resources allow users to examine prior SBC cost findings for program planning, budgeting, and benchmarking purposes.

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Costing Repository: Excel workbook

Costing Tool: Excel workbook

Technical Report: Documenting the Costs of Social Behavior Change Interventions for Health in Low- and Middle-income Countries

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Lead Research Partners
Avenir Health and Population Council

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Nicole Bellows

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