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

The brief synthesises evidence published by UNICEF in a comprehensive review of the scientific and grey literature and the media.
This paper addresses COVID-19 in India, looking at how the interplay of inequality, vulnerability, and the pandemic has compounded uncertainties for poor and marginalised groups, leading to insecurity, stigma and...
Case study
Ce document a été élaboré par la Cellule d’Analyse en Sciences Sociales (CASS) sous l’égide de la Commission de Gestion des Informations de la Réponse multisectorielle à l’épidémie de COVID-19...
This brief presents considerations for how health and humanitarian practitioners can support communities to respond to and recover from COVID-19 using a community resilience approach.
Briefing
This SSHAP brief discusses key considerations for COVID-19 response and recovery, with a particular focus on the Amazon region of South America.
Briefing
This brief distils best data practice recommendations through consideration of key issues involved in the use of technology for surveillance, fact-checking and coordinated control during a crisis or emergency response...
SSHAP convened a virtual roundtable of expert advisors on Friday 12 March 2021 to discuss the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea declared on 14 February 2021.

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