Determined Behavior Change: A Comparative Study of the Application of Barrier Analysis Methodology

Mercy Corps
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This review examines 29 Barrier Analysis studies conducted to support Mercy Corps program activities across 7 countries. The behaviors investigated include a range – from health and sanitation (i.e., hand-washing), to agriculture (post-harvest maize storage), to community response in emergencies (household reporting of suspected Ebola cases). This paper correlates findings, identifies subsequent program impacts, and ultimately analyzes the effectiveness of Barrier Analysis as a research tool to advise social behavior change components of development programming.

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