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Social and Behavior Change for Family Planning Collection—Now Live!

Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH has launched a new resource collection and accompanying catalog. They showcase more than one hundred social and behavior change (SBC) for family planning (FP) resources for planners, designers, implementers, donors, and other users to inform innovative, evidence-based, and impactful interventions.

Why Is This Collection Needed?

Do you use SBC in your FP programming? Do you often struggle to find the latest tools and guidance in implementing SBC for FP? Could you use some help advocating for investment in  SBC for FP programs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the SBC for FP resource collection is for you!

In our current landscape, finding the specific information we need can be challenging. There is often so much information available from different sources, and it is not always synthesized, accessible, or user-friendly. For this reason, Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH produced a new resource collection specific to using SBC in FP programming.

How the Collection Was Developed

Over the last five years, Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH have produced over a hundred resources on SBC for FP in multiple languages and on a range of topics, including:

  • Service delivery.
  • Provider behavior change.
  • Male engagement.
  • Addressing the needs of youth.
  • Measurement and costing. 

They compiled all of these resources into a collection for programmers, designers, advocates, governments, and others working on SBC for FP programming. 

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Credit: Laura McCarty, Abt Associates

What Is Included in the Collection

Users of the collection and/or catalog can obtain how-to guidance, explore the evidence, or learn more about a topic. 

This easy-to-navigate collection includes resources on the following topics:

  • Making the case for SBC.
  • Service delivery and provider behavior change.
  • Meeting the needs of youth.
  • Male engagement.
  • Integrated programming.
  • SBC approaches.
  • Equity, gender, and social systems.
  • Measurement and costing.

We invite you to explore this assortment of toolkits, guidance, strategies, research reports and briefs, case studies, and more. Move at your own pace and choose materials according to your SBC for FP programming interests and needs. 

Check out the collection and catalog here: 

Have questions or suggestions? Contact Sarah Kennedy.

Visit Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH to learn more about their work and approach.

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Sarah Kennedy

Family Planning Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Sarah Kennedy is a Family Planning Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), providing core programmatic and knowledge management support across various projects. Sarah has experience in global health project management and administration, research, communications, and knowledge management and is passionate about making the world a more just and humane place and learning from others. Sarah holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPH with a certificate in Humanitarian Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Heather Hancock

Senior Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Heather Hancock, Senior Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, is a social and behavior change specialist with background in reproductive health and family planning. Her areas of expertise include integration of social and behavior change and service delivery, provider behavior change, capacity strengthening, online community management, materials development, and curriculum development. She currently works with the Breakthrough ACTION project to improve the practice of social and behavior change for service delivery and leads SBC self-care efforts. She is also a member of the capacity strengthening team.

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