This primer is intended to help health officers employed with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to design and support appropriate and sustainable social marketing programs from start-up to graduation.
Breakthrough RESEARCH, with input from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and cross-sectoral implementing partners, developed research and learning agendas (RLAs) to strengthen two important areas of social and behavior change (SBC) programming: integrated SBC programming and provider behavior change (PBC).
Breakthrough ACTION Nepal’s social and behavior change (SBC) system-strengthening project (2018–2020) supports the institutional and technical capacity of the Government of Nepal (GON) to design, implement, evaluate, and coordinate SBC programs within its newly federalized landscape.
This Guide aims to help orient people supporting the COVID-19 response to integrate psychosocial support skills into their daily work, thereby making a difference to the well-being of people they come into contact with during the pandemic.
This paper reviews the evidence on the promise of behavioral economics to improve health outcomes through provider-facing interventions in five critical health areas. The analysis draws from the limited existing evidence base on this topic to suggest where and how behavioral economics interventions may be most impactful and where further research may contribute most to building the knowledge base.
The DHS Program’s Learning Hub provides DHS data users worldwide with online learning resources to support capacity strengthening activities. Specifically, it is designed for survey implementing organizations and members of the public who are participating in DHS workshops and online courses.
Behavior change is complex and can be a challenging programmatic objective to achieve in any context, requiring a clear understanding of why people engage in behaviors in the first place. Tackling it from an unconventional perspective, however, may lead to fresh insights that can help inform the design of social and behavior change (SBC) programs and maximize their success.
The COVID-19 Learning Pathway aims to enable humanitarians, including local responders, to be best equipped to respond to the global pandemic COVID-19.
In order to evaluate Breakthrough ACTION Nepal’s accomplishments over the implementation period (January 2018–March 2020), the team used a post-hoc, qualitative evaluation technique known as “Outcome Harvesting.”
To explore changes in SBC capacity at the local, provincial, and federal levels where Breakthrough ACTION Nepal works, Breakthrough ACTION Nepal used the Most Significant Change (MSC) approach, a qualitative methodology involving key informant interviews with program staff and key collaborators. The MSC evaluation technique is well suited to evaluating complex settings where changes are not necessarily predefined or expected. This qualitative approach also offers the potential for organizational learning that can be used to inform future programmatic efforts.