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What is Behavior Integration?

Behavior Integration is a way to design and implement programs that defines outcomes as specific behaviors required to achieve the development goal, ensure that strategy, project, and activity design are behavior-led, not intervention-driven. Behavior Integration means ensuring that the behaviors required to achieve your goal — for example, a reduction in maternal and child deaths — are at the center of program planning and implementation.

Focusing on behaviors helps programs achieve more rapid results and make better use of resources as behaviors are the element closest to outcomes we can change.  By focusing on behaviors, programs improve effectiveness by clarifying drivers of outcomes, facilitating design, and establishing meaningful markers of progress and impact. Focusing on behaviors also improves efficiency by prioritizing investments, creating a unifying program framework, identifying redundancies, and facilitating activity coordination.

Think | BIG (Behavior Integration Guidance) is the process for doing this.

Think | BIG Tools

Think | BIG (Behavior Integration Guidance) helps organizations integrate behaviors into their programming to make the best use of available resources and achieve rapid results. Think | BIG is a behavior-centered process for reaching development goals.

Tools to help focus on identifying and analyzing key behaviors that impact the goal and on delineating the pathways to change

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Prioritize
behaviors that address the causes inhibiting achievement of the goal and establish behavioral indicators
Launch Prioritize Tool   |   View Tutorial
Prioritize Behaviors Offline Tool (PDF)
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Analyze
priority behaviors to lay out the logical pathways to change and establish factor-level indicators
Launch Behavior Profile Tool   |   View Tutorial
Create a Behavior Profile Offline Tool (PDF)
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Summarize
analyses of multiple behaviors to identify commonalities for strategy development or program design 
Launch Summarize Tool  |  View Tutorial
Summarize Behaviors Offline Tool (PDF)
Behavior Profile Tool

Resources to help guide use of Think | BIG for strategy development, program and activity design, and activity management

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Develop
behaviorally-focused Results Framework to guide your strategy
Go to Strategy Guidance Documents

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Design
behaviorally-focused program, activity, or mechanism
Go to Procurement Design Documents

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Manage
the program, activity, or mechanism
Go to Manage Documents

Tools to track progress on behavioral outcomes and to assess and adapt programs over time

NOTE: To use the online tools below, you must have already created a Priority Behavior List that includes indicators

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Set
your targets based on indicators established for priority behaviors
Launch Set Targets Tool
Set Targets Offline Tool (PDF)


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Adapt
your program over time
Adaptive Management Guidance (PDF)