A taxonomy can be defined as, “a classification system for organizing and labeling terms.” Taxonomies can help us understand, discuss, research, and address broad, complex systems with many discrete parts.

In late 2019, Breakthrough ACTION reviewed evidence on interventions that address family planning social norms in the Ouagadougou Partnership region—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. As part of this work, Breakthrough ACTION developed a taxonomy to group similar norms identified through this process.