Social and Behavioral Scientist, FHI 360
Elizabeth (Betsy) Costenbader is a Social and Behavioral Scientist in the Global Health, Population and Nutrition Division at FHI 360. She has collaborated on and led research and intervention projects among populations at-risk for sexual and reproductive health outcomes for more than a decade with a primary focus on understanding the social context of risk; particularly, the role of social norms and networks. Dr. Costenbader recently served as the Leader of the Measurement Task Group on the USAID-funded Passages study and Leader of the Measurement subgroup of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Global Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change. Both projects focused on building the evidence base and promoting practices at scale that improve the health and well-being of adolescents and young people through social norm transformation. As part of the Passages project, Dr. Costenbader served as the Principal Investigator on a formative study that employed participatory qualitative methods in Burundi to uncover gender norms affecting GBV and sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescent girls and young women (https://irh.org/resource-library/).
This piece summarizes a recent study by the USAID-funded Passages Project exploring social norms impacting the reproductive health of adolescent girls and young women in Burundi. We explore how the research findings can be applied in the design of reproductive health programs to identify and involve key influence groups that influence social norms.
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