About MULTI-SBC: The Programmatic Aid for Multi-Sectoral Integration of Social and Behavior Change Programming

What is this tool?

Very simply put, MULTI-SBC is an organized list of relevant tools providing general guidance for cross-sectoral Social and Behavior Change (SBC) integration in fields related to Family Planning, or with potential integration to existing Family Planning programming. However, MULTI-SBC also includes general multi-sectoral integration tools that will be helpful for newcomers to SBC and to those who do not work in Family Planning.

For which audience is this tool created?

Intended users are likely to have a background in SBC programming for Family Planning and MULTI-SBC seeks to act as a starting point for Family Planning practitioners looking to integrate with new or unfamiliar sectors.

Why this tool?

Integrated multi-sectoral SBC can reduce missed opportunities to address unmet need for Family Planning. However, despite well-documented linkages between Family Planning and other development sectors, multi-sectoral SBC integration has been limited in application.

Specifically, successful integration has not always been the result of systematic, coordinated, and aligned efforts. Breakthrough ACTION sought to identify the potential for improved SBC integration within linkages between outcomes in Family Planning and other development sectors by preparing a multi-sectoral analysis of literature, collecting past programmatic evidence, and conducting stakeholder interviews. This initial work focused on identifying opportunities for potential integration in three specific sectors: Population, Health and Environment; Democracy, Rights and Governance; and Food Security/Livelihoods. A report was created that summarized findings from this analysis and proposed next steps for future assessment.

Using findings from the report, MULTI-SBC was developed. The report and this tool aim to contribute to increasing co-investment between funder and stakeholders, aligning efforts among SBC practitioners, and maximizing impact across key development outcomes.

How was this tool created?

The methods used in creating the report and identifying relevant tools for MULTI-SBC focused on literature analysis, individual stakeholder interviews, and a group stakeholder consultation.

The majority of the resources in MULTI-SBC were identified in the linkages assessment. However, the interviews and consultation provided insights into additional tools where cross-sectoral linkages were identified.