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I Immunise: An Evaluation of a Values-Based Campaign to Change Attitudes and Beliefs
April 24, 2018

I Immunise: An Evaluation of a Values-Based Campaign to Change Attitudes and ...

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"Information, including the reporting and translation of scientific data, is important, but community-based interventions can employ mechanisms building upon social norming, values-framing and story-telling." This paper presents the results of a ...

Assessments of Global Drivers of Vaccine Hesitancy in 2014 - Looking beyond Safety Concerns
April 6, 2018

Assessments of Global Drivers of Vaccine Hesitancy in 2014 - Looking beyond ...

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Vaccine hesitancy is defined as a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite available vaccination services. Measuring vaccine hesitancy and its determinants worldwide can clarify the scope of the problem and help guide the development of ...

'We All Work Together to Vaccinate the Child': A Formative Evaluation of a Community-Engagement Strategy Aimed at Closing the Immunization Gap in North-West Ethiopia
April 4, 2018

'We All Work Together to Vaccinate the Child': A Formative Evaluation of a ...

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"These findings demonstrate the benefits, challenges and nuances involved in promoting shared community responsibility for immunization." Increased attention is being paid to the role of community engagement (CE) strategies in improving demand ...

Evaluation of Social Mobilization Network (SM Net): Final Evaluation Report
March 28, 2018

Evaluation of Social Mobilization Network (SM Net): Final Evaluation Report

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In 2013, scattered polio outbreaks in Somalia prompted a proactive vaccination response. As part of this, the Social Mobilisation Network (SM Net) was established in 2013 by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to raise awareness of polio ...

Community Engagement and Integrated Health and Polio Immunisation Campaigns in Conflict-Affected Areas of Pakistan: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial
March 27, 2018

Community Engagement and Integrated Health and Polio Immunisation Campaigns ...

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"...the provision of polio vaccines as part of a package of health services might be a better way to engage local communities and religious leaders than a polio-specific programme."

Impact Data - Improving Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and Hygiene through Community Videos in Niger
March 26, 2018

Impact Data - Improving Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and ...

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"The community video approach proved effective in improving and sustaining knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and self-reported behaviors in Niger." Niger, located in the Sahel region of West Africa, is characterised by harsh climate ...

Conducting a Situational Analysis and Engaging Stakeholders on Home-based Record Availability and Use
March 21, 2018

Conducting a Situational Analysis and Engaging Stakeholders on Home-based ...

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Home-based records (HBRs), or child immunisation cards, are a data collection and monitoring tool serving multiple purposes for the caregiver, health worker (HW), and health system. Research has found that the HBR is often underutilised or ...

A Randomized Trial of Maternal Influenza Immunization Decision-Making: A Test of Persuasive Messaging Models
March 21, 2018

A Randomized Trial of Maternal Influenza Immunization Decision-Making: A ...

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"...deeply held beliefs in the community about influenza vaccine pose considerable communication challenges not likely surmounted with any single type of vaccine promotion message exposure." The American College of Obstetricians and ...

Web-based Social Media Intervention to Increase Vaccine Acceptance: A Randomized Controlled Trial
March 20, 2018

Web-based Social Media Intervention to Increase Vaccine Acceptance: A ...

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"Providing web-based vaccine information with social media applications during pregnancy can positively influence parental vaccine behaviors."

Use of Cellular Phone Contacts to Increase Return Rates for Immunization Services in Kenya
March 16, 2018

Use of Cellular Phone Contacts to Increase Return Rates for Immunization ...

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"Through calling, the health worker is able to establish a personal relationship with the caregivers, understand the reasons behind missing the due date and negotiate with the caregivers on the most appropriate time and date to vaccinate the ...

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social Mobilization and Demand Creation Project
March 15, 2018

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social ...

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"...this brief pilot study suggests that pregnant women are open to changing their health behaviors when they are encouraged and supported by local CVs [community volunteers]..."

Evaluation of a Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Increase Parents' Knowledge About the Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination and Their Psychological Empowerment: Mixed-Method Approach
March 14, 2018

Evaluation of a Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Increase Parents' ...

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This study evaluates 2 mobile-phone-based interventions aimed at increasing parents' knowledge of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination (through elements of gamification) and their psychological empowerment (through the use of narratives), ...

Effect of Mobile Phone Text Message Reminders on Routine Immunization Uptake in Pakistan: Randomized Controlled Trial
March 13, 2018

Effect of Mobile Phone Text Message Reminders on Routine Immunization Uptake ...

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"Automated simple one-way SMS reminders in local languages might be feasible for improving routine vaccination coverage." Improved routine immunisation (RI) coverage is recommended as the priority public health strategy to decrease ...

Involving Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Interventions
March 8, 2018

Involving Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health: A Systematic Review of ...

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This review was conducted to comprehensively assess the effectiveness of male involvement in improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to inform World Health Organization (WHO) health promotion ...

Movies, Margins and Marketing: Encouraging the Adoption of Iron-Fortified Salt
March 8, 2018

Movies, Margins and Marketing: Encouraging the Adoption of Iron-Fortified Salt

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"[T]he movie was effective in convincing people to adopt double-fortified salt, and to stick with it over several rounds of purchases." This report describes a randomised control trial in Bhojpur District, Bihar, India, to shed light on how ...

Effect of a Mass Radio Campaign on Family Behaviours and Child Survival in Burkina Faso: A Repeated Cross-Sectional, Cluster-Randomised Trial
March 7, 2018

Effect of a Mass Radio Campaign on Family Behaviours and Child Survival in ...

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"We found no evidence of an effect of a mass media campaign on child mortality....Nevertheless, this study provides some of the best evidence available that a mass media campaign alone can increase health facility utilisation for maternal and ...

Communications Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning Toolkit
March 2, 2018

Communications Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning Toolkit

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"MEL is important to ensure that your communications are strategic, helping you to understand and learn from what works, what doesn't, when and for whom. It is also an important tool for accountability..." This toolkit provides a framework to ...

Nutrition Behaviour Change Communication Causes Sustained Effects on IYCN Knowledge in Two Cluster-Randomised Trials in Bangladesh
February 15, 2018

Nutrition Behaviour Change Communication Causes Sustained Effects on IYCN ...

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"Impacts of BCC programmes may be underestimated if persistence of effects is unaccounted for." This paper assesses the effect of nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) knowledge in rural ...

Childhood Vaccination Communication Outcomes Unpacked and Organized in a Taxonomy to Facilitate Core Outcome Establishment
February 15, 2018

Childhood Vaccination Communication Outcomes Unpacked and Organized in a ...

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"Given the variety of vaccination communication strategies, it follows that there should be a similarly wide range of potential outcomes, from socially oriented outcomes related to communication and engagement to health status and health service ...

Impact Data - National HIV/AIDS Support Project (NHASP), Papua New Guinea (PNG)
February 12, 2018

Impact Data - National HIV/AIDS Support Project (NHASP), Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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At the beginning of the new millennium, HIV/AIDS was emerging as a major health threat to Papua New Guinea (PNG), which was found to have the largest HIV epidemic in the Pacific. The cumulative number of HIV cases reported in 1999 reached 2,342 ...

An Integrated Approach to Strategic Communication and Condom Social Marketing to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Papua New Guinea
February 12, 2018

An Integrated Approach to Strategic Communication and Condom Social ...

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"It was likely that behaviour change and integrated condom social marketing approaches flattened the rapidly rising curve of HIV infection and averted a mid-level AIDS epidemic in PNG. As such, strategic, integrated, evidence based communication ...

Measurement of Social Norms Affecting Modern Contraceptive Use: A Literature Review
February 9, 2018

Measurement of Social Norms Affecting Modern Contraceptive Use: A Literature ...

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"In 2017, as part of the USAID-funded Passages Project, we set out to systematically assess what empirical evidence exists around the relationship between social norms and use of modern family planning methods. The results are detailed in, ...

Evaluating Behavior Change in International Development Operations: A New Framework
February 2, 2018

Evaluating Behavior Change in International Development Operations: A New ...

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Affirming that putting people at the centre of the development process helps us understand their choices and constraints, institutions like the World Bank Group work with client countries on interventions that, at their core, aim at changing ...

Storytelling for Social Change: Leveraging Documentary and Comedy for Public Engagement in Global Poverty
January 26, 2018

Storytelling for Social Change: Leveraging Documentary and Comedy for Public ...

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"Stand Up Planet's strategic use of comedy as an entry to exploring serious social issues provides a viable model for how entertaining, humorous documentaries can stimulate public engagement with global poverty."

How Is Radio Helping to Improve Girls' Education in South Sudan?
January 24, 2018

How Is Radio Helping to Improve Girls' Education in South Sudan?

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"Midline research found that listeners of the radio programme Our School – which seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of education and tackle associated barriers – had more knowledge of South Sudan’s education system, had been more involved ...

Can Social Media Be a Tool for Reducing Consumers' Food Waste? A Behaviour Change Experiment by a UK Retailer
January 23, 2018

Can Social Media Be a Tool for Reducing Consumers' Food Waste? A Behaviour ...

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This paper examines whether retailers can use social media as a tool to trigger changes to reduce food waste from households. The study was the result of an ongoing collaboration between university researchers and employees of the United Kingdom ...

Impact Examples: Girls' and Women's Empowerment
January 23, 2018

Impact Examples: Girls' and Women's Empowerment

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RESEARCH AND EVALUATION FOCUS IMPACT RESULTS Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) is an entertainment-education film series in Timor-Leste that explores issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, gender equality, ...

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
January 22, 2018

Strategies to Increase the Demand for Childhood Vaccination in Low- and ...

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A group of researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate whether demand-side interventions - e.g., knowledge transfer or communication campaigns - increase uptake of routine childhood vaccination in low- and ...

The Impact of Radio on Nutrition-Related Knowledge Behaviors in Senegal
January 17, 2018

The Impact of Radio on Nutrition-Related Knowledge Behaviors in Senegal

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“By working with radio stations, we could increase our audience at a low cost and assist local radio stations to develop new skills in communication and monitoring and evaluation.”

Soul Buddyz Club Impact Evaluation
January 16, 2018

Soul Buddyz Club Impact Evaluation

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The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for Better   Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Niger
January 9, 2018

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for ...

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"In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural ...

Audience Research in Media Development
January 5, 2018

Audience Research in Media Development

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"Though audience research has also been part of the toolbox of media development organizations for some time, it was only when focus in international development shifted from producing outputs to effecting impact that research of media viewing, ...

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Americas
January 2, 2018

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the ...

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"One measure we used to know whether the communication was working was to see the tone of the messages in the media, and we saw mostly positive or neutral messages, which was a good indication that things were going well." - Lauren Vulanovic, ...

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming
December 21, 2017

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking ...

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"Acknowledging the need for targeted health services for adolescents and youth, the Ethiopian Government has scaled-up and institutionalized youth friendly services (YFS) through intensive capacity building at all levels of the health ...

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming and Evidence
December 19, 2017

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming ...

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are often involved in expanding services, raising awareness, generating demand, and advocating for an improved enabling environment to ensure women and men have full, free, and informed choice to determine ...

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology
December 18, 2017

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology

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"[T]eacher capacity building for mobile learning is likely to become increasingly essential as a growing number of educators and students, including those in poor countries, buy and use mobile phones." This report draws lessons from United ...

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Intervention among Low-Income Groups in Bangladesh and India
December 15, 2017

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and ...

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This paper evaluates a pilot intervention of Sesame Workshop's "Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" multi-media health communication approach promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among vulnerable children ...

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report
December 7, 2017

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report

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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 ...

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge Translation Platform to Inform HIV/AIDS Programming for Women and Girls
December 4, 2017

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge ...

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"Interviews with [36] key individuals and a review of 55 national policies and programming documents have found that What Works has had a substantial impact in promoting the use of evidence to effect positive change in HIV interventions for women ...

Impact Evaluation of the Marketing Innovation for Health Project in Bangladesh
November 20, 2017

Impact Evaluation of the Marketing Innovation for Health Project in Bangladesh

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Marketing Innovation for Health (MIH) is an integrated social marketing project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh that is designed to provide comprehensive health and family planning education, ...

An Evidence Map of Social, Behavioural and Community Engagement Interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
November 15, 2017

An Evidence Map of Social, Behavioural and Community Engagement ...

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This document provides an evidence map of existing research into a set of selected social, behavioural, and community engagement (SBCE) interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). The product of a collaboration ...

SHIKHA Project: Final Report
November 15, 2017

SHIKHA Project: Final Report

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The final report for the SHIKHA Project, conducted in the Barisal and Khulna divisions of southern Bangladesh from October 2013 to September 2016, describes how the project used a proven behaviour change strategy to improve infant and young child ...

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool
November 14, 2017

Evaluation of the Effects of the Smart Client Digital Health Tool

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"Many demand generation programs, programs that increase awareness of and demand for health products or services among an intended audience, address the information needs of clients prior to visiting a provider and encourage them to seek out FP ...

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the HERhealth Model for Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Knowledge and Access of Female Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh
November 8, 2017

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the HERhealth Model for Improving Sexual ...

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This evaluation of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)'s HERhealth model, conducted by the Evidence Project/Population Council, offers evidence and recommendations for effective programming to improve the health of women workers in garment ...

Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices
November 6, 2017

Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices

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This paper applies an implementation framework, based on a behaviour change model, to compare four detailed case studies of complementary feeding programmes carried out in Bangladesh, Malawi, Peru, and Zambia. The paper examines commonalities and ...

Efforts to Monitor Global Progress on Individual and Community Demand for Immunization: Development of Definitions and Indicators for the Global Vaccine Action Plan Strategic Objective 2
November 2, 2017

Efforts to Monitor Global Progress on Individual and Community Demand for ...

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"Demand for vaccines and vaccination is a complex concept that is not external to supply systems but rather encompasses the interaction between human behaviors and system structure and dynamics." The Second Strategic Objective (SO2) of the ...

Transfers, Behavior Change Communication, and Intimate Partner Violence: Postprogram Evidence from Rural Bangladesh
October 27, 2017

Transfers, Behavior Change Communication, and Intimate Partner Violence: ...

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Transfer programmes have been shown to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV), but little evidence exists on how activities linked to transfers affect IPV or what happens when programmes end. The researchers assessed post-programme impacts on IPV ...

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms for an Inclusive Society in Montenegro
October 27, 2017

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms ...

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"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities call upon the governments to ensure that all children, irrespective of their abilities, enjoy their rights. However, children with ...

Monitoring Human Rights in Contraceptive Services and Programmes
October 19, 2017

Monitoring Human Rights in Contraceptive Services and Programmes

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"The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to the mainstreaming of gender, equity and human rights, and also works to develop evidence-based norms, standards and tools for scaling up equitable access to quality care and services within a ...

Evaluation of the HERhealth Intervention in Bangladesh: Baseline Findings from an Implementation Research Study
October 16, 2017

Evaluation of the HERhealth Intervention in Bangladesh: Baseline Findings ...

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"Women working in global supply chains, many of whom are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products. Myths and misconceptions, especially stigmas around ...

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