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Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'
November 21, 2017

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince ...

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria
November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the ...

Behind the Brands
November 21, 2017

Behind the Brands

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Part of Oxfam's effort to help create a world where everyone has enough to eat, the Behind the Brands campaign assesses companies' performance on social responsibility, compares them with their peers, and challenges them to use their power to ...

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, ...

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies into Participatory Governance Processes in the Philippines
November 20, 2017

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies ...

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"By avoiding the techno-centric gaze and adopting the standpoint of non-users, we were able to better understand the barriers to technology access, explaining non-use as well as the power relationships embedded in these non-actions."

Home-Based Record Redesigns That Worked: Lessons from Madagascar & Ethiopia
November 17, 2017

Home-Based Record Redesigns That Worked: Lessons from Madagascar & Ethiopia

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This document from JSI's Coordination and Implementation of Child Health Record Redesigns Project summarises two home-based records (HBR) redesign efforts in Madagascar and Ethiopia, including the background and rationale for considering a ...

Human-Centric Health: Behaviour Change and the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases
November 16, 2017

Human-Centric Health: Behaviour Change and the Prevention of ...

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"A consumer-focused system would recognize the principles of behavioural economics to encourage and enable people to adopt healthier behaviour across all aspects of their lives. Individuals would be supported in this effort by a network of ...

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes
November 15, 2017

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes

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"This note highlights examples of girls’ clubs that have led to increasingly gender equitable attitudes and practices, from programmes in Burkina Faso to Bangladesh." This research and practice note from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) ...

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 ...

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals
November 14, 2017

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

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Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog. One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve Jobs. "Design is a funny word," he said, "Some ...

Perceptions and Experiences of Childhood Vaccination Communication Strategies among Caregivers and Health Workers in Nigeria: A Qualitative Study
November 14, 2017

Perceptions and Experiences of Childhood Vaccination Communication ...

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"Communication about vaccination involves more than the message but is also influenced by the environment and the attitudes of the deliverer and receiver. It is pertinent for health policy makers and programme managers to understand these factors ...

Getting Connected: An Assessment of Information Needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
November 14, 2017

Getting Connected: An Assessment of Information Needs in Puerto Rico after ...

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"Many Puerto Ricans can't get the information they need related to recovery issues, and their voices are not being heard. People are isolated, and don’t have any way to relay what they're seeing and experiencing in their communities."

People-Centred Approach and Cross-Cutting Dimensions: Best Practices from Food Security Clusters/Sectors
November 13, 2017

People-Centred Approach and Cross-Cutting Dimensions: Best Practices from ...

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"The promotion of leadership and participation of affected populations in programming, planning, monitoring and evaluating is essential to shape humanitarian response." This document from the Global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) is meant to ...

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development
November 13, 2017

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development

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In June 2017, a group of researchers from Australian universities and practitioners from different not-for-profit organisations came together to share knowledge and experience in the study and practice of communication for development (C4D). The ...

Rights - Evidence - ACTion (REAct) Guide
November 9, 2017

Rights - Evidence - ACTion (REAct) Guide

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"REAct is based on strong community leadership and South-to South learning exchange principles." - Monika Sigrist and Isobel Fergus This guide provides an introduction to Rights - Evidence - ACTion (REAct), a secure, information technology ...

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A Practical Guide to Identify Improvements through Assessment
November 9, 2017

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A Practical Guide to Identify ...

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"A participatory approach is in fact as important as the assessment results....Assessment is a process of planning, analysis, reflection and, above all, action." This guide's assessment methodology is designed to strengthen democratic ...

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 ...

2017 Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan
November 7, 2017

2017 Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan

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The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Working Group (WG) facilitates a yearly SAGE independent review of the implementation of the Decade of Vaccines (DoV) Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and assessment of progress. In 2016, SAGE ...

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?
November 7, 2017

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?

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"With particular relevance for accountable governance, we reflect on the way that different local governance actors exercise their agency, and how the interactions between them shape and reproduce the new structures offered by the Village Law."

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 ...

Using Behavioral Science to Design a Peer Comparison Intervention for Postabortion Family Planning in Nepal
November 6, 2017

Using Behavioral Science to Design a Peer Comparison Intervention for ...

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"In the case at hand, behavioral economics can provide effective tools to help identify barriers that may be standing in the way of strongly motivated, well-trained providers' ability to administer quality services to clients, despite their ...

Young at Heart: How to Be Youth-Centred in the 21st Century
November 3, 2017

Young at Heart: How to Be Youth-Centred in the 21st Century

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This document describes the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)'s journey of youth services and participation. IPPF's Strategic Framework (2016-2022) shows how the Federation is embracing young people as partners and ensuring that ...

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the Literature
November 2, 2017

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the ...

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"In the context of smallholder agriculture, which contains a large and at times complicated number of value chain actors, unequal access to information leads certain actors to be on the losing end of the transactions that take place within the ...

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support Early Childhood Interventions
November 2, 2017

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support ...

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"Parents play an integral role as active agents on behalf of their children. Simplified, program participation and engagement are often assumed to be the result of an active evaluation by parents about costs versus benefits. This evaluation is ...

When a King Has Good Counsellors, His Reign is Peaceful: Video and Facilitator's Guide
November 2, 2017

When a King Has Good Counsellors, His Reign is Peaceful: Video and ...

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To draw leaders’ attention to the problem of stunting and their role in improving young children’s nutrition outcomes, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project in Ghana produced a 24-minute ...

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Toolkit
November 1, 2017

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Toolkit

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Released in October 2017, this online tool is a step-by-step guide to Oxfam's Vulnerability and Risk Analysis (VRA), which is a multi-stakeholder process designed to promote dialogue, trust, and shared action amongst different groups by ...

Eradicating Polio: Reaching the Last Child [Webcast]
November 1, 2017

Eradicating Polio: Reaching the Last Child [Webcast]

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The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - a live webcasting series - aims to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies, allowing participants to leverage their collective ...

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa
November 1, 2017

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa

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"Based on the interviews, it is possible to conclude that GIS support was a very important enabler - although not a critical factor - in the vaccination campaign. GIS support allowed MSF staff to complete their work more quickly, more safely and ...

Peace Corps Youth Clubs Toolkit
November 1, 2017

Peace Corps Youth Clubs Toolkit

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Created as part of the Peace Corps' Let Girls Learn programme, this toolkit provides guidance, checklists, and tools to support the implementation of youth clubs. Evidence shows that extended participation in high-quality clubs - organisations of ...

Gender Equality, Women's Voice and Resilience: Guidance Note for Practitioners
October 31, 2017

Gender Equality, Women's Voice and Resilience: Guidance Note for Practitioners

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"The purpose of this guidance note is to provide CARE and partners with direction for integrating gender equality and women’s voice into their resilience-related work." This guidance note, part of the CARE 2020 Programme Strategy, offers ...

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security - A Three-Part Toolkit
October 31, 2017

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food ...

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The INGENAES toolkit, developed by Cultural Practice, LLC, introduces a methodology that is designed to aid practitioners and researchers in assessing whether agricultural technologies they are planning to introduce or promote are ...

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture
October 30, 2017

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture

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"Countries and organizations can improve health outcomes by introducing interventions or technologies that put the right information at the right time in the hands of the right people so they can make better decisions."

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 ...

Adolescent Perspectives on Services and Programmes in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A Participatory Research Toolkit
October 26, 2017

Adolescent Perspectives on Services and Programmes in Conflict-Affected ...

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This resource provides an overview of participatory research tools to be used in conflict-affected areas. These tools have been developed by GAGE (Gender and Adolescents: Global Evidence) as part of participatory research with adolescents, their ...

Reaching Every Child: Sharing Approaches to Improve Child Health
October 26, 2017

Reaching Every Child: Sharing Approaches to Improve Child Health

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This report summarises the proceedings of a September 22 2017 gathering of more than 70 child survival champions who gathered in Washington, DC, United States (US) to share successful approaches used across a spectrum of child health challenges ...

Child Marriage, Adolescent Pregnancy and Family Formation in West and Central Africa - Patterns, Trends and Drivers of Change
October 26, 2017

Child Marriage, Adolescent Pregnancy and Family Formation in West and ...

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“Of the 15 countries where the rate of child marriage is over 30 percent, nine are in West and Central Africa, with Niger having the highest rates in the world. The West and Central Africa region also has the highest adolescent birth rates in the ...

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies
October 25, 2017

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies

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"Despite the proliferation of different ICT indices, the OeGI has unique features: (1) it measures the extent to which civil society groups utilise ICTs to ensure their participation in societal steering; and (2) it measures the extent of ...

Minga Perú's Strategy for Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon: A Rhetorical Model for Participatory, Intercultural Practice to Advance Human Rights
October 24, 2017

Minga Perú's Strategy for Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon: A Rhetorical ...

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"Minga holds itself accountable to following its own engagement methodology built experientially over the years, which considers constructivism, interculturality, and affective pedagogy at all organizational levels and at every programmatic and ...

HC3 in Action: Engaging Men and Adolescent Boys
October 24, 2017

HC3 in Action: Engaging Men and Adolescent Boys

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"Strategic health communication can help create an enabling environment for men to access the care and services they need as well as support their partners' and families' access to and uptake of services." This brief includes examples, promising ...

Learn to Discern (L2D)
October 23, 2017

Learn to Discern (L2D)

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Implemented from July 2015 through March 2016 in 14 oblasts of Ukraine by IREX through the Citizen Media Literacy Project (CMLP), Learn to Discern (L2D) is a demand-side response to the problem of manipulative information. IREX believes that ...

HC3 in Action: Enhancing Family Planning Service Delivery through SBC
October 20, 2017

HC3 in Action: Enhancing Family Planning Service Delivery through SBC

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"When family planning SBC and service delivery partners align, programs are more effective and lead to better population and reproductive health outcomes." In 34 countries around the world and at the global level, the Health Communication ...

Suaahara - Building Strong and Smart Families
October 19, 2017

Suaahara - Building Strong and Smart Families

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In an effort to improve the nutritional status of women and children in Nepal, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Population (MOH) and other partners, designed the ...

IREX's Guide to Organizational Performance Improvement
October 19, 2017

IREX's Guide to Organizational Performance Improvement

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"Inclusive and genuinely participatory approaches ensure commitment from all stakeholders to the performance improvement process, build trust, and result in performance solutions that make sense for all involved."

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture
October 18, 2017

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture

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"...These technological applications are capable of reaching hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers and stakeholders in rural areas, acting as a catalyst for positive change and in achieving the SDGs...." This series of seven case studies ...

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through Time and Resource Efficiencies
October 18, 2017

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through ...

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This brief summarises the experience and evidence for the most commonly used digital health technologies aimed at supporting health systems and service delivery for family planning around the world. Digital health has been identified as a ...

Windows into Early Learning and Development
October 17, 2017

Windows into Early Learning and Development

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From the Executive Summary: "The first five years of a child's life is a time of great promise and rapid change, when the developing brain is most open to the influence of relationships and experiences. However, millions of children across the ...

Effective Training: Essential Principles, Approaches, and Process
October 17, 2017

Effective Training: Essential Principles, Approaches, and Process

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"Training can have diverse goals, objectives, and audiences. Therefore, it's important to consider a participant's context, needs, and abilities throughout the design and delivery process to ensure successful transfer of knowledge, skills, and ...

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy Reproductive Behaviors
October 17, 2017

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy ...

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This brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning, finding such programming can influence individual behaviours by providing accurate information, building self-efficacy, and promoting attitudes ...

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