Social Science

Social science research and analysis is vital to design and deliver effective RCCE approaches and strategies as it provides valuable insights into the culture, practices and experiences of communities affected by the outbreak.

It can for example contribute to a better understanding of people’s ability to put protective measures into practice, the local perceptions of the disease, the acceptance of public health and social measures, trust in public authorities or how traditional beliefs and social norms impact on healthcare seeking behaviour.

Community engagement and participation in the development and implementation of research and data collection processes is essential, for example to define locally appropriate research questions and to generate meaningful evidence which can support advocacy and decision-making processes.

As part of its strategic objective 2, the RCCE Collective Service supports partners at the national, regional and global level to enhance standardised approaches to the systematic collection, analysis and use of socio-behavioural evidence.

This includes a range of services in line with RCCE partner’s needs and priorities:

  • Capacity building and training to support partners in applying social science evidence in health emergencies including data collection, analysis and operationalisation of socio-behavioural information
  • Providing direct support to country-level teams to formulate research questions, develop research protocols, data analysis and quality assurance of research outputs
  • Data mapping and structuring to identify evidence gaps and to generate socio-behavioural trends and support the visualisation of socio-behavioural variables through a dashboard
  • Adapt, develop and contextualise common tools, approaches and standards to support partners to conduct operational social science research and learn from communities about their views, perceptions, capacities, practices and behaviours
  • Compiling lessons learnt and evidence on community-centred responses

Social Science resources

Briefing, Evaluation, Tool
This combined research is an attempt to assist journalists, researchers and public communications experts wishing to report and act on potentially problematic vaccine discourse as it relates to Black Americans.
Briefing
This technical brief was prepared by IDS in December 2020 to support the embedding of social science and anthropological perspectives in UK AID-supported Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa (TDDA) technical...
Evaluation
This report captures the third round of findings from a KAP assessment carried out by the Turkish Red Crescent Society.
Tool
WHO has developed the “Social and Behavioural Insights COVID-19 Data Collection Tool for Africa” to help WHO Country Offices, NGOs, universities or other groups interested in capturing quantitative and qualitative...
This study draws upon the Social Identity Approach, which posits that people's membership of social groups is consequential for their thoughts and behaviour.
A review of the current modelling methodologies and describe the challenges and opportunities for integrating them with social science research and RCCE practice.
Case study
The aim of this study is to review the design, development, and implementation of the COVID-19 Data Summarization and Visualization (DSV) tool as a rapidly deployable solution to fill this...
This article reflects on the nature of community engagement during the Ebola epidemic and demonstrates a disjuncture between local realities and what is being imagined in post-Ebola reports about the...

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