Evidence

This online training is a one to two-day course for people who design and implement agriculture projects, including those focused on food security, livelihoods, value chains, and/or broader agricultural market development. Completing the course will provide knowledge and skills to help agriculture projects become more nutrition-sensitive by leveraging agriculture’s potential to contribute to specified nutrition outcomes or results.

The FHI 360 PROGRESS project (2008-13) added to the evidence base on multi-sector integration, providing guidance on how development organizations can successfully expand their program model to include family planning services. Working closely with partners, PROGRESS developed, implemented, and evaluated three interventions. This report synthesizes lessons learned for use in replication and scale up.

This Brief is intended for USAID Mission and Washington technical and management staff who are considering designing integrated social and behavior change communication (SBCC) projects, or who would like to better understand and manage existing projects. The brief defines key concepts, outlines the advantages and challenges of integrated SBCC programming and highlights important considerations for USAID staff throughout the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

The portal provides an open access communications bridge between organizations, communities, consortia, and global partners working on an integrated approach to natural resource management linking nature, energy, and human health. The portal is designed to foster the evolution of a diverse community willing to share their expertise, social and professional networks and work together across time and physical boundaries on the ground as well as inside virtual teams.

SPRING conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed evidence regarding the effectiveness of Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) approaches to increase the uptake of three key nutrition behaviors: women's dietary practices during pregnancy and lactation; breastfeeding practices; and complementary feeding practices. This review also identifies gaps in the evidence and provides recommendations for further areas of study. The SBCC interventions included in the review can be broadly categorized into three areas: interpersonal communication, use of media, and community/social mobilization. 

The Social and Behavior Change/Family Planning (SBC/FP) Evidence Database is a unique resource that compiles and highlights key SBC successes. This database presents a collection of 249 articles describing interventions or studies that address family planning challenges through SBC approaches.

This study supports the importance of including Family Planning/ Maternal and Child Health (FP/MCH) as part of integrated projects to enhance resilience. The paper identifies components of resilience that could be measured in Population, Health and Environment (PHE) and other integrated development projects, and uses data from a PHE project in western Tanzania to measure resilience and better understand the links between resilience and family planning. The research aims to establish which factors contribute to resilience in the project area, with the ultimate goal of understanding how to build potential resilience among people in ecologically rich regions who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods.

This study investigated the demand and supply side barriers to accessing family planning that women with young children, adolescent girls and young women face. Employing a user-centered design, the research explored how the Njira project can create acceptable and feasible linkages—tailored to the needs of these priority target groups—from its project platforms to government family planning services. The study also explored community perspectives on connections between population growth, family planning, health, and food security to leverage the project’s health and non-health platforms in promoting social acceptability of family planning use.

SPRING publications curate evidence, best practices, and policies to help improve nutrition through health, agriculture, and economic development programs.

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