Social and Behavior Change Communication and Theory Resources

The Health CompassHealth Communication Capacity Collaborative (Hc3)Includes everything from SBCC background resources to actual tools and project examples from around the world. Make sure to check out the Focus Package on urban youth.
TheoryPickerCDCAn interactive tool that helps you identify what might be the best behavior change theory for a given program. The tool takes you through a number of steps and asks you questions to help determine which is the best theory or group of theories to use for your program design.
Lessons Learned from Successful SBCC Urban Adolescent ProgramsHealth Communication Capacity Collaborative (Hc3)A summary of key characteristics of successful SBCC programs for urban adolescents, based on a 2013 literature review of such programs in developing countries.
Straight to the Point: Identifying and Prioritizing Behavior Change Needs (2013)Pathfinder InternationalOrganizations and groups can use this tool to guide a group activity with members of the community they work with in order to identify the major barriers to adopting a specific healthier behavior and to prioritize which barriers should be addressed first.
What Works in Youth Participation: Case Studies from Around the World (2002)International Youth Foundation
Youth Participation in Development. A Guide for Development Agencies and Policy Makers (2010)SPW/DIFID-CSO Youth Working GroupThis youth participation guide aims to help build and harness young people as assets. It has been developed through a participatory process led by young people themselves, and provides strategies and examples of how youth can contribute to four key operational areas: organizational development, policy and planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The guide draws together case studies, resources and practical "how to" guidance from around the world to understand how to actively involve young people in programming.
Youth Involvement in Prevention ProgrammingAdvocates for YouthBrief resource explaining the benefits of youth involvement in SRH programming, youth-adult partnerships and essential elements that make youth involvement work.
Youth Participation Guide: Assessment, Planning and ImplementationYouthNet and Family Health InternationalSeeks to increase the level of meaningful youth participation in reproductive health (RH) and HIV/AIDS programming at an institutional and programmatic level. The target audience includes senior and middle management, program managers, staff involved in implementing activities and youth who may be engaged at all levels of an organization’s work.
Assessing Community Capacity for ChangeHC3 HealthCOMpassThis handbook is a guide to assessing community capacity for transformative work that leads to health. In this context, community capacity has to do with the question of whether or not the community has the characteristics, skills and energy to take on the challenges it will need to face in order to move to greater levels of well-being and prosperity.
PartnershipsThe Partnerships Analysis Tool: A Resource for Establishing, Developing, and Maintaining Partnerships for Health Promotion
Straight to the Point: Assessing Partner Capacity for Behavior Change Activities (2011)Pathfinder InternationalThis tool provides a "straight to the point" means of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of SBCC implementing partners. It offers ideas and suggestions to help supervisors assess partner capacity in a systematic manner. The tool’s Capacity Assessment Profile can be used to summarize existing and needed capacity, and also as a baseline for monitoring the increased capacity of partners as they work with the project.
Straight to the Point: Assessing Partner Capacity Building Needs (Multiple Languages) (2014)Pathfinder InternationalThis tool helps users conduct a concise assessment of a partner organization’s (or potential partner’s) strengths and weaknesses, helping to identify areas where technical assistance will be needed to successfully implement a project. The tool addresses key capacity areas, including human capacity, basic management capacity, M&E capacity, absorptive capacity and community connectedness. The tool is meant to serve as a guide for interviewing multiple stakeholders at a partner or sub-grantee organization.
Private Sector Toolkit for Working with Youth (2011)Restless Development and the United Nations Program on Youth of the United Nations of Economic and Social AffairesThis toolkit explores the cooperation between youth and the private sector, both in principle and in practice. It aims to highlight the role of youth as social actors and to inspire the private sector to partner with youth organizations by increasing understanding of young people’s great potential as development partners. The toolkit offers guidance on how to facilitate private sector engagement with young people and the formation of meaningful partnerships.
Theory at a Glance: Application to Health Promotion and Health Behavior (2005)U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesThis resource describes influential theories of health-related behaviors, processes of shaping behavior, and the effects of community and environmental factors on behavior. The document makes health behavior theory accessible and provides tools to solve problems and assess the effectiveness of health promotion programs.
Foundations of SBCCHC3 Health COMpassThis website contains many resources that introduce SBCC, communication theories, and program models and frameworks.
Tools for Behavior Change CommunicationHC3 HealthCOMpassThe tools are meant to help with planning and developing a SBCC component in family planning programs, but can be used for any health- or development-related SBCC program.