This is the first in a series of brief reports intended to complement Breakthrough RESEARCH's Costing Guidelines and support a social and behavior change community of practice by discussing important issues and practices for social and behavior change costing. Breakthrough RESEARCH is gathering, analyzing, and sharing evidence on the costs and impact of social and behavior change interventions to support social and behavior change investments, which are crucial for improving health and advancing development. A review of costing literature identified 147 studies on social and behavior change costs, methodological shortcomings, and knowledge gaps that can be addressed in new costing studies. To address these gaps, Breakthrough RESEARCH issued its Guidelines for Costing of Social and Behavior Change Health Interventions, which provide 17 principles for conducting quality costing studies.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2021. "Costing social and behavior change programming: The role of the denominator," Programmatic Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.