New Resource! Complexity-Aware MEL for Social and Behavior Change Interventions

CORE Group’s Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Working Group has developed a set of complexity-aware tools are intended to help design and evaluate SBC-focused interventions. Tools in this set include:

  1.  An advocacy brief  to help guide communication with donors and to help build fluency in communicating how to monitor and evaluate SBC interventions
  2.  A core set of indicators related to adaptation, learning, and collaboration that can be used in proposals and work plans
  3. checklist intended to help in the consistency and completeness of documenting SBC interventions.

Complexity is a key factor—perhaps the key factor—in social and behavior change (SBC) programming. Complexity affects most SBC interventions through:

  • Contextual complexity; the fact that the environment and implementation process itself shape outcomes of an intervention.
  • Temporal complexity; interventions evolve over time as target population and implementers change behaviors, and come to new understandings, and programmatic environments shift in response to new constraints, opportunities and priorities.
  • Interpretive complexity; as interventions are social activities, practitioners should acknowledge that every stakeholder understands the intervention partially and differently and has a unique perspective