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RBC associate on an innovative social impact initiative

We are delighted that our associate Amy Henderson Riley has co-authored this journal article sharing findings from a formative study regarding the development of a U.S. multimedia social impact program by the Univision network. While most articles in this space assess impact, Amy and her co-author Caty Borum Chattoo looked at how and why this […]

RBC strengthens Communication for Social and Behavior Change in Indian universities

How can Communication for Social and Behavior Change (CSBC) be adapted to various academic disciplines?  How will a course in mass communication differ from one in an applied social science?  That’s the challenge RBC Associate Dr. David Mould faced in a recent project in India. In 2013, UNICEF India’s C4D Section introduced a nine-module university […]

In search of healthy habits in Indonesia

Rain Barrel recently tied the ribbon on an ambitious Social and Behavior Change Communication project to improve the diets and physical fitness of teens in 39 schools in two pilot provinces in Indonesia.  Supporting ongoing UNICEF and government nutrition programs, RBC’s team designed an evidence-based, participatory strategy to engage and motivate young people to embrace […]

Kids to presidential candidates: listen to us!

RBC sends warmest congratulations to UNICEF USA on the launch of their Youth Poll Study along with an urgent call on presidential candidates to take a stand on children’s issues. Rain Barrel is proud to have helped pave the way for this initiative by carrying out the first-ever Situation Analysis of Children’s Rights in the United […]

To fulfill its mission, UN must take care of staff’s mental health

To mark World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), the UN launched its new website under the banner Mental Health Matters – A Healthy Workforce for a Better World. The site is just one of the tools recommended by Rain Barrel Communication in the design this year of a companion Communication Strategy (blending advocacy and behavior […]

Back to healthy eating for Indonesian teens

By Teresa Stuart Guida Dara and Budi[1], like many Indonesian adolescents, face the double burden of malnutrition. This means that while many girls and boys in Dara and Budi’s junior high school are stunted or thin, an increasing number of others are becoming overweight or obese – a problem now affecting rich and poor nations […]

Mobilizing Smart Responses to Climate Change

An urgent appeal to people working with social and behavior change communication By Tomas Jensen As climate change accelerates and its impact on the planet worsens every day, we, as a species, must act quickly and smartly to bring about massive social and behavior changes that will counter the damage being wrought – and even […]