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November 4, 2015

The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit

"The social and cultural context surrounding young people growing up in urban areas is...different, in both positive and negative ways, affecting the health behaviors of young men and women, which...

November 2, 2015

The Drum Beat 699 - Global Voices - Geographically Diverse Selections from CI Bloggers

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September 28, 2015

The Soul Beat 256 - Communication and Media News and Issues

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September 7, 2015

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information

"As someone who has worked with and in the media, I ...know that lack of accurate information is a big driver of fear and trauma, which in turn can easily translate into stigma and a withholding of...

September 4, 2015

Desk Review and Qualitative Assessment of Malaria Case Management Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategies in Four Countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia

"The purpose of this desk review is to identify promising SBCC practices related to malaria case management at both community and service provider levels in the four focus countries: Zambia, Ethiopia...

September 1, 2015

"Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal

The Next Generation "Smart Couple" Family Planning Campaign in Nepal, launched by the Johns Hopkins University Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (JHU-HC3) in August 2015, sought to reach...

July 23, 2015

I-Kit for Ebola Preparedness

This Ebola Communication Preparedness Implementation Kit (I-Kit) is designed to provide national and local stakeholders, as well as programme managers, with "key considerations and a roadmap for...

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Pointing the needle to a future in which gender is not destiny

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Kathryn Tomlinson reports back from the 2017 NEEDLE Conference, BBC Media Action India’s conclave on media, communication and development. This year’s focus was on gender and the media.

The power of making drama out of a crisis

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
How radio is helping people rebuild their lives after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations to life.

Radio has never been more necessary

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.

World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological purposes.

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Radio is proving a lifeline for people displaced by conflict in northern Iraq and cut off from contact with the outside world.

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
People in Nepal are still recovering from the earthquakes in 2015. We explain how our radio show, Milijuli Nepali (Together Nepal), is helping people rebuild their lives.

Data and development

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead shares her three top takeaways from the first-ever UN World Data Forum.

A tribute to Om Prakash Puri

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Veteran Indian actor, Om Puri, who passed away last week, fronted our HIV and AIDS drama series, Jasoos Vijay – helping make it one of India’s most watched TV shows of its time. Devika Bahl, creative director for the series shares fond memories of an exceptional man.

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

BBC Media Action - March 28, 2017 - 11:56pm
Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games – accessible in 350 schools – are helping them learn about growing up in a safe and fun environment.

Live Webcast: Public Health in a Populist Moment

Open Society - March 28, 2017 - 5:30pm
A live-streamed panel discussion on how right-wing populist politics are shaping the debate about public health.

Top donors value UNAIDS’ contribution to change

UNAIDS _ latest stories - March 28, 2017 - 10:15am
A group of 18 of UNAIDS’ top donors have published a report highlighting UNAIDS’ unique value to the communities it serves and its partners and key stakeholders. The assessment, carried out by the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), which was set up to monitor the performance of multilateral development organizations at the country level, found UNAIDS’ use of strategic information, convening power and mutual accountability systems to be among its key strengths.

Policy paper: Agenda 2030: Delivering the Global Goals

DFID - March 28, 2017 - 6:09am
The UK Government’s approach to delivering the Global Goals: at home and around the world.

Transparency data: DFID government e-payments framework transactions February 2017

DFID - March 28, 2017 - 5:01am
Reports on departmental spending over £500 with a government procurement card (GPC).

Ghana chairs UNAIDS PCB for 2017 and confirms commitment to ending AIDS by 2030

UNAIDS _ latest stories - March 28, 2017 - 4:30am
Ghana is the Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) for 2017. The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, will chair the two PCB meetings in the year, with the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, addressing the meeting in June.

On Venezuela’s Border with Colombia, the Need for Papers Threatens an Indigenous Way of Life

Open Society - March 27, 2017 - 4:05pm
The problems facing the indigenous Wayuu people on Venezuela's border with Colombia underline the need for creative response to documenting citizenship and nationality.

RED - Producers to Markets Alliance

USAID - Fact Sheets - March 27, 2017 - 3:07pm
RED - Producers to Markets AllianceUSAID’s Producers to Market Alliance (PMA) seeks to strengthen legal economies in these areas by increasing the competitiveness of licit producers and the value of licit products. 

Data Visualization: A Tool for Effective Health Communication

Health Communication Capacity - March 27, 2017 - 9:37am
“Data is a weapon,” said Julie Whipple, moderator of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative’s Innovation Webinar on Data Visualization. Data visualization, she explained, can bring together many different sources of data and apply the data as a weapon to improve global health. This webinar explored how data visualization can be used to convey impactful and compelling evidence that influences behavior change and improves program performance by presenting data in ways that are both visually appealing and easy to understand. This was the fifteenth in HC3’s innovation webinar series, designed to spotlight a broad range of health communication innovations while providing a meaningful mix of theory and practical examples. Transforming data into accessible information Julie Whipple, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Qlik, moderated the webinar and described data visualization as the combination of “data, people and ideas – and combining the three to find the right solution.” Visualization tools, she said, can transform simple spreadsheets or complex documents into easily accessible information that enables users to find answers. In addition to using data visualization for quantitative data, she described how Qlik participates in the Global Health Security Agenda’s Private Sector Roundtable. In support of this work, Qlik takes detailed assessments submitted in PDF and transforms the qualitative data into visual charts that can quickly convey information and track progress over time. Relevant, quality data for effective visualization Maya Tholandi continued the discussion with a description of how data visualization maximized how information was communicated in the Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS) project, a USAID-funded project in Indonesia to improve outcomes of emergency obstetric and newborn complications. Jhpiego’s approach on this project was to strengthen quality of clinical care, clinical governance and effectiveness of district-wide referral systems. EMAS’ clinical dashboards use a stoplight approach (red, yellow, green) to monitor monthly performance. Maya stressed that data visualization was not their goal – instead, they wanted to facilitate data use to cultivate a results-based environment. In order to do so, it was critical to understand what information was available, what was needed to inform decision-making and what format the information should be presented in to be most effective. Different products were developed that resonated with different audiences for communication and facilitating data use. EMAS’ key lesson learned was that having relevant data of sufficient quality was critical for effective data visualization. “Because people trusted data and it was the right data they needed, it helped them act upon it,” she concluded. Sustainability first Andrea Vazzano of Palladium addressed the importance of using the data visualizations created and ensuring sustainability.  She shared MEASURE Evaluation’s recent evaluation of the use of data visualization that had proven to effect decisions in HIV-programming. Out of 45 interviews conducted, MEASURE Evaluation found only five examples with a specific decision that resulted from data visualization. Looking at how data visualization is institutionalized, Andrea explained, is critical to ensure its actually used to impact policy and programming. Project SOAR’s GIS dashboard offers extensive functionality to meet the needs of each user. Project SOAR took these lessons to heart while developing a suite of tools to improve data for decision-making for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs. One of these tools, a GIS dashboard, was designed to synthesize and visualize VMMC data for all kinds of users, to improve data integration and make the data more accessible through visualization. Andrea described three best practices to ensuring lasting use of data visualization. It’s important to consider sustainability first – think about who the end users are, how they are going to be trained and who will continue to be the point person for the visualization products after the end of the project. Next, it’s important to consider your sources. You need to use data sources that people trust and have bought into in order to build something that’s long lasting and will be used continuously. Finally, Andrea noted the importance of engaging early and engaging often. Getting country buy-in before starting to build any tools will ensure they continue to use the tools and contribute to sustainability. Lessons learned for successful data visualization collaboration Amanda Makulec, Visual Analytics Advisory at John Snow Inc., concluded the webinar by summarizing key considerations for ensuring data visualization projects are successful and collaborative. She echoed the other panelists by stressing the importance of understanding the audience and asking lots of questions. You need to probe to better understand the questions being asked, she said. Think about who is consuming the information, what they want to know and how they will use it. Because data visualization encompasses a lot of things, its important to speak the same language and know what your team is trying to create. Do all of this at the beginning of the project and focus on the human side of data visualization to ensure the end products are effective, efficient and meet the end-user’s needs. Specific tips and best practices were also provided to build data visualization skills, create change within your organization and produce successful data visualization products. A follow-up blog with guidance on nurturing your data visualization capabilities will be posted soon, so be sure to sign up for notifications. The post Data Visualization: A Tool for Effective Health Communication appeared first on Health Communication Capacity Collaborative - Social and Behavior Change Communication.

Rewriting the Book on Education Investment in Africa

Open Society - March 27, 2017 - 9:30am
A grassroots effort in East Africa is taking a new approach to impact investment in education. The project focuses on improving students’ lives outside of the classroom.

Ghana—addressing the barrier of stigma and discrimination for women

UNAIDS _ latest stories - March 27, 2017 - 9:30am
Patience Eshun, a widowed grandmother from Ghana who lost her daughter last year to HIV, knows how destructive HIV-related discrimination can be. “My daughter refused to go hospital to receive medicines. My daughter died because of the fear of stigmatization and discrimination,” she said.

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