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Barrier Analysis Facilitator's Guide

Thomas Davis
Organizational Authors: 
Food for the Hungry,
CORE Group,
Year Published: 

Barrier Analysis is a rapid assessment tool used in community health and other community development projects to identify behavioral determinants associated with a particular behavior. These behavioral determinants are identified so that more effective behavior change communication messages, strategies and supporting activities (e.g., creating support groups) can be developed. It focuses on eight determinants: perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived action efficacy, perceived social acceptability, perceived self-efficacy, cues for action, perception of divine will, and positive and negative attributes of the action (i.e., the behavior). Barrier Analysis can be used at the start of a behavior change program to determine key messages and activities for intervention. It can also be used in an ongoing program focusing on behaviors that have not changed very much (despite repeated efforts) in order to understand what is keeping people from making a particular change. This Facilitator’s Guide has been written for trainers to teach others about Barrier Analysis and/or to learn the technique themselves. It guides trainers through a step-by-step process for conducting the analysis and provides background information on the technique as well as some basic information on behavior change theory. Trainers are encouraged to adapt the materials to meet their own needs.

This website,, has the Barrier Analysis manual, an online tutorial, and other resources related to Barrier Analysis. PLEASE NOTE, this site has not been updated with the latest changes to the Barrier Analysis process. Please download this document, the preface to the second printing of the Barrier Analysis manual which details changed made to the process (e.g., not using FDGs to collect BA data).

The Barrier Analysis Narrated Presentation can be accessed here.

Barrier Analysis is an FSN Network SBC Task Force approved method.

View a newer version of this tool - A Practical Guide to Barrier Analysis.

*Have you explored the FSN Network Behavior Bank? This database features results from Barrier Analysis and Doer/NonDoer Studies conducted by food security and other practitioners globally. You can browse the database by country, region, and behavior studied to look for results for a particular area/behavior, or to look for patterns of barrier and enablers for a particular behavior or set of behaviors.

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