Growing Up GREAT! Implementation Guide

Growing Up Great! is a scalable, multi-level intervention designed to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender equity among very young adolescents (VYA) and the important adults in their lives. It supports VYAs and their communities to question and break down social barriers that prevent access to health information and services. It was piloted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017-2018 under the Passages Project, which aims to address a broad range of social norms, at scale, to achieve sustained improvements in family planning and reproductive health. Growing Up GREAT! was evaluated by the Global Early Adolescent Study and shown to be effective at shifting several key SRH attitudes and norms.

The Growing Up GREAT! Implementation Guide is a step-by-step resource for organizations who wish to adopt the intervention. It provides users with guidance, tested tools, and materials for planning, implementing, supervising, and monitoring this successful norms-shifting intervention.

Annex A provides detailed guidance on adapting the Growing Up GREAT! intervention and materials to different contexts: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/document/growing-great-adaptation-guide/

Annex B includes resources in the VYA Toolkit, a package of interactive, age-appropriate materials used during activities with VYAs: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/collection/annex-b-vya-toolkit/

Other supporting materials for parents, teachers, and health providers are included throughout the guide.

French Implementation Guide: https://www.irh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/GREAT-ImplementationGuide-French_FINAL.pdf

Source: Save the Children

Date of Publication: January 24, 2023

SKY Girls Social Marketing Handbook

The SKY Girls Social Marketing Handbook is a users’ guide to developing and launching a social marketing program. It sets out the different stages of program creation and implementation, from selecting a target market to designing your launch strategy and measuring the success of the program.

This handbook is informed by lessons learnt through implementing SKY Girls: a multimedia empowerment program aimed at adolescent girls. Throughout, it draws on examples and insights from the SKY Girls implementers.

It is designed for individuals or organizations who already know which societal challenge they are seeking to address, and are considering a social marketing approach.

Last modified: January 23, 2023

Language: English

Source: Good Business

Year of Publication: 2022

Ethical Social/Behavioral Research with Adolescent Participants (training manual)

The purpose of this guide is to prepare researchers who will recruit adolescents into human subject research studies for the ethical and legal issues which may be associated with social/behavioral research in this group. The guide intends to promote critical thinking and discussion among researchers on how to address these issues and provide some practical examples.

Last modified: January 23, 2023

Language: English

Source: Global Early Adolescent Study

Year of Publication: 2022

Advancing Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s adolescent and youth population has urgent and varied needs for family planning services and sexual and reproductive health care. Yet a strong tradition of early marriage and childbearing, set against a backdrop of conservative social and gender norms, means adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights have historically been overlooked in national family planning programs.

The USAID-funded, Pathfinder-led Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Project, popularly known as Shukhi Jibon, is working to change this. This publication highlights Shukhi Jibon’s multi-pronged approach to advancing cost-effective solutions that enhance health providers’ skills and responsiveness, facility readiness, community engagement, and young people’s service-seeking behavior and contraceptive uptake—all of which can be scaled up across Bangladesh.

Source: Pathfinder International

Date of Publication: January 18, 2023

Lessons Learned and Good Practices: Country-Specific Case Studies on Immunization Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The methodology for this report included a literature review of available documentation and research, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions with UNICEF country and regional offices and partners. The process led to a series of six case studies, which describe predominantly positive campaign experiences, documenting lessons and good practices that can inform future immunization programs carried out during COVID-19 or similar circumstances.

Source: UNICEF

Date of Publication: January 18, 2023

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia: Baseline Report for Adolescents

Breakthrough ACTION is a global project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead social and behavior change (SBC) programs around the world. The project ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors. This work harnesses the demonstrated power of communication and integrates innovative approaches from marketing science, behavioral economics, and human-centered design.

In Liberia, Breakthrough ACTION supports the increased adoption of health behaviors among individuals, families, and communities. The Breakthrough ACTION Liberia project uses an integrated health approach to promote a full suite of healthy behaviors across the areas of malaria; reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH); family planning (FP); nutrition; zoonotic diseases; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)—all areas that have been identified as priority areas by the Liberian Ministry of Health and USAID.

This report focuses on female youth who are married/in a union and on single male and female youth. Youth refers to participants who are 15- to 19-years-old. It defines baseline levels of the priority health behaviors along with intermediate outcomes that offer the potential to affect the priority behaviors in one or more health areas, including malaria, RMNCAH, WASH, zoonotic diseases, nutrition, COVID-19, and the Global Health Security Agenda. The intermediate outcomes include couple communication, decision-making, knowledge, attitudes, and perceived norms around the priority behaviors, and patient-provider interaction experiences. In addition, the report captures the recall of Breakthrough ACTION Liberia program-related messages and describes how various demographic, psychosocial, cultural, and relational factors are associated with priority health behaviors. There are two other reports that also discuss findings gathered from the baseline study– one with baseline findings from adult men and women in Liberia and one specifically focused on family planning baseline findings for adult men and women in Liberia.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: January 17, 2023

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia Baseline Report: FP and LARCs Report

Breakthrough ACTION is a global project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead social and behavior change (SBC) programs around the world. The project ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors. This work harnesses the demonstrated power of communication and integrates innovative approaches from marketing science, behavioral economics, and human-centered design.

In Liberia, Breakthrough ACTION supports the increased adoption of health behaviors among individuals, families, and communities. The Breakthrough ACTION Liberia project uses an integrated health approach to promote a full suite of healthy behaviors across the areas of malaria; reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH); family planning (FP); nutrition; zoonotic diseases; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)—all areas that have been identified as priority areas by the Liberian Ministry of Health and USAID.

This report describes the baseline study conducted by Breakthrough ACTION Liberia on family planning (FP) and long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) use. The objectives of this report are as follows:

  • To identify key determinants of modern FP and LARC use
  • To set benchmarks for evaluation of impact
  • To assess the roles of gender equitable norms, social norms, couple communication in the adoption of FP behaviors
  • To identify selected audiences for FP promotion

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: January 17, 2023

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia: Baseline Report for Women and Men

Breakthrough ACTION is a global project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead social and behavior change (SBC) programs around the world. The project ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors. This work harnesses the demonstrated power of communication and integrates innovative approaches from marketing science, behavioral economics, and human-centered design.

In Liberia, Breakthrough ACTION supports the increased adoption of health behaviors among individuals, families, and communities. The Breakthrough ACTION Liberia project uses an integrated health approach to promote a full suite of healthy behaviors across the areas of malaria; reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH); family planning (FP); nutrition; zoonotic diseases; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)—all areas that have been identified as priority areas by the Liberian Ministry of Health and USAID.

To assess relevant baseline indicators and inform the SBC strategy across several health areas and audiences, Breakthrough ACTION Liberia conducted a household survey among men and women of reproductive age in three counties between September and October 2021. The baseline survey was cross-sectional and had the following objectives:

  • Identify key determinants of health behaviors in the areas of maternal health, maternal and child nutrition, malaria, COVID-19
  • Set benchmarks for impact assessment of the integrated SBC Breakthrough ACTION Liberia program
  • Assess the roles of gender-equitable norms, social norms, couple communication, and decision-making in the adoption of health behaviors
  • Inform an SBC strategy across several health areas and audiences
  • Establish baseline measures to assess the effects of project activities

This report focuses on partnered women and men of reproductive age. We baseline the levels of priority health behaviors along with intermediate outcomes that offer the potential to affect priority behaviors in one or more health areas, including malaria, RMNCAH, WASH, zoonotic diseases, nutrition, COVID-19, and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The intermediate outcomes include couple communication, decision-making, knowledge, attitudes, perceived norms around priority behaviors, and patient-provider interaction experiences. In addition, the report captures recall of Breakthrough ACTION Liberia program-related messages and describes how various demographic, psychosocial, cultural, and relational factors are associated with priority health behaviors.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: January 17, 2023

Social and Behavior Change for Family Planning User Journey Tool

A multitude of factors influence family planning (FP) uptake and maintenance. Social and behavior change (SBC) is uniquely placed to understand and address those factors. However, FP programs often underutilize and underfund SBC. Helping decision-makers understand both the social and behavioral drivers of FP use and how SBC can effectively address those drivers can lead to greater use and investment in SBC. Breakthrough ACTION designed the Social and Behavior Change for Family Planning User Journey Tool to encourage investment in SBC within FP programming. The tool helps SBC advocates communicate the need for social behavior change in an easy-to-grasp, visual format.

The interactive tool follows the FP journey of Nala—a fictional young woman who represents the experiences of young women like her around the world—highlighting key social and behavioral determinants that influence her decision to learn about, use, and continue using FP. The tool also features examples of evidence-based SBC interventions that address those behavioral determinants and data about the positive impact of SBC in FP. It presents actions decision-makers can take to support SBC in FP and offers practical tools to help them get started.

Last modified: January 17, 2023

Language: English

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Year of Publication: 2022

HCD and Behavioral Science Integration Primer

This primer gives insight into how to integrate Human Centered Design and Behavioral Science approaches to enhance the impact of policies, programs, and services and drive social change.

Last modified: January 17, 2023

Language: English

Source: Dalberg Design

Year of Publication: 2020