Publication Date
September 1, 2017

In 2015, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project developed the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to help guide the creation, or strengthening, of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) social and social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for urban adolescents aged 10 to 19. (See Related Summaries, below.) In 2016, HC3 worked with 5 pilot partner (PP) organisations throughout Benin, Madagascar, and Kenya to pilot the I-Kit and see how each organisation applied the Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit to its work. This post-project qualitative study was designed to capture PPs' experiences and perceived SBCC capacity strengthening.

In brief, the I-Kit includes explanatory text to provide users with an overview of SBCC and SRH, seven SRH SBCC programme design Essential Elements (EEs), practical worksheets, links to relevant external resources, and illustrative examples based on a fictional scenario. The goal of the PP programme was for HC3 to understand how organisations might use or adapt the I-Kit according to real project, country, and work circumstances. In Benin, HC3 worked with La Mutuelle de Jeunes Chrétiens pour le Développement (MJCD) and the Organisation pour le Service et la Vie (OSV-Jordan). In Madagascar, HC3 worked with Mpanazava Eto Madigasikara (MEM) and Projet Jeune Leader (PJL). In Kenya, HC3 partnered with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK). Each PP selected relevant I-Kit sections to apply to its work, oriented its staff to the I-Kit, and received HC3 technical support throughout the process.

For the evaluation, HC3 selected 3-4 members from each PP organisation for the in-depth interviews (IDIs), for a total of 15 participants. An appreciative inquiry or strength-based approach was used to facilitate open discussion on the I-Kit's contribution to individual and organisational capacity strengthening, and self-reflection on what could have been done differently. Issues related to challenges and lessons learned were tackled from a developmental evaluation perspective.

Overall:

  • "Teams found the I-Kit useful, unique and - although perhaps intimidating at first due to length - easy to use and adapt...
  • The I-Kit was an effective self-led and collective learning resource, which increased individual and organizational capacity...
  • Examples provided in the I-Kit were a useful compass...
  • The I-Kit introduced PPs to a new, inclusive model for working with adolescents...
  • PPs identified opportunities to use the I-Kit beyond the HC3 Pilot...
  • Most challenges encountered were ultimately valued learning and growth opportunities...
  • Pilot exercise highlighted the need to strengthen governments' and donors' support of SBCC programs...
  • Nearly all PPs wished they had had more time to digest the I-Kit..."

Part 2 of the report features PP case studies, which combine findings from a secondary document review with the qualitative study results. Each case study outlines the PP organisation, its I-Kit experience successes and challenges, and the impact that working through the I-Kit had for each PP team. Here are links to the more complete case studies, available separately from this report:

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HC3 website, December 7 2017. Image credit: Mpanazava Eto Madagasikara and Projet Jeune Leader at an I-Kit pilot experience-sharing workshop with HC3 in Madagascar. © 2016, Mohamad Sy-Ar